West Midlands Railway History
- A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain
- Volume 7 - The West Midlands
- At the hub of this complex abnd fascinating region is, as ever, Birmingham, city of a thousand trades. It is also BRs passenger hub for large slice of territory and much of Britain's Inter-City network, which now includes Coventry - Leamington Spa, a single track branch brought back from the cold. Other imaginative projects to win back passengers are the Birmingham Cross City LIne, built at a low cost of some £8m, and Birmingham International, a major new station also developed with the West Midlands PTE.
- Historically, in Birmingham and the Black Country, the traditional pattern of railway history was reversed: Industry came first - railways later. The Industrial Revolution had long been cradled in Coalbrookdale, and Birmingham was well established as Britain's second city and workshop of the world before they arrived. Eventually three major, the London & North Western, Great Western and Midland developed highly individual and competive systems and fought classical battles - as at Wolverhampton, where railway hostory was smeared with blood when a policeman wielded his cutlass to separate rioting navvies.
- 3rd Edition
- This is the third and substantially revised edition including coverage of further years of turbulent change in the West Midlands
- 319 pages, 1991, 3rd Edition, Case bound, 5¾" x 8¾"
- David & Charles Publications
- ISBN-10 0946537003
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