Volume 8 - South and West Yorkshire Railway History
- A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain
- Volume 8 - South and West Yorkshire
- South and West Yorkshire, the new administrative name for the urban portion of the former West Riding, had in its heyday perhaps the most complex railway network in Britain. Crowded into the relatively small area of 1,800 square miles were about 850 route miles of railway, with seven major companies vying with one another for supremacy. Attracted by the rich rewards of coal, steel and textile industries, but constrained by the often harsh topography and fragmenetd settlement pattern, they formed a uniquely interwoven maze of lines
- Here for the first time (1978) in a single volume id the full and detailed story of this railway network. Its development is traced from primitive waggonways through the hectic years of the Railway Mania to the era of consolidation, the decline during the motoring age and finally the present day (1978) with its portents of a revival.
- This is no dull chronicle, but a lively and often humorous account which includes many references to the horrendous early stations, tragi-comic accidents, colourful local personalities and the bizarre results of inter-company rivalry. It takes care to portray the railways against their economic and social background.
- Much previously unpublished information is included in this volume, which is the product of seven years research. With its comprehensive reference section and detailed maps, it fills a long-standing gap in the field of regional railway history
- 304 pages, 1978, 1st Edition, Soft back, 5½" x 8½"
- David & Charles Publications
- ISBN-10 0715377833
- ISBN-13 9780715377833
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