Cambrian Railways Gallery (Hardback)
A Pictorial Journey Through Time
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This book in Pen & Sword’s ‘Gallery’ series starts with a brief history of the Cambrian Railways’ early years, followed by a magnificent comprehensive set of early photographs of Cambrian engines and Oswestry Works made available by the former Chairman of the Manchester Locomotive Society and the National Library of Wales. A tour of the sumptuous scenery of mid Wales follows – the trains in the landscape taken from Andrew Dyke’s collection and a few so expertly ‘colourised’ by him that most find it difficult to distinguish these from the many genuine colour photographs, the Welsh countryside deserving the rich and varied hues. The book is jointly authored by David Maidment and Paul Carpenter, the latter bringing the story of the Cambrian up to date and persuading a number of former railwaymen who worked on the Cambrian system to share their memories and experiences. The book finishes with a description to restore part of the closed section of the line through the efforts of members of the Cambrian Heritage Railways. The book has over 25,000 words of text, and more than 250 photographs, including over 40 in colour.
"An outstanding book."Great Western Society, The Great Western Echo - Summer 2020
Review by Philip BenhamThe Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum, Winter 2020/2021
... this is an enjoyable read that will appeal to those with an interest in Welsh railways, while for the many who can still recall steam on the Cambrian, it will bring back some nostalgic memories.
This is a fine addition to previous studies of the Cambrian.West Somerset Railway Association
All in all a book that will appeal to those that have an interest in Welsh railways, with many previously unseen photographs, that make it difficult to put down until you have read it from cover to cover. Much recommended.Great Eastern Railway Society
An interesting theme and an abstraction for the senses.Miniaturas JM
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"A fascinating, photographic journey."6024 Preservation Society
Unusually among Welsh narrow-gauge railways, the 2ft 6in gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway was built to benefit agriculture, not minerals. After several failed attempts to connect the market town at Welshpool with the rural community around Llanfair Caereinion, the 1896 Light Railways Act paved the way for the railway which opened in 1902. Operated by the Cambrian Railways and then by the Great Western Railway it became the only narrow-gauge steam railway catering for goods traffic under the auspices of British Railways. Sadly, it was closed in 1956 but enthusiasts ensured its revival,…By Peter Johnson
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