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Joint Operations Around Manchester and in South Yorkshire, is the latest volume in a series of books by Bob Pixton, covering the lines across the Pennines, especially those of the former Great Central.
This volume looks at the joint lines that once served the area from Lancashire to Yorkshire, serving heavy industry and providing an intense passenger service in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The lines and services declined on many of the branch lines and some of the cross country lines by the 1950s, heralding their final demise in the early 1960s, as a result of the Reshaping of British Railways.
Today there are still a few important corridors crossing this area of the north of England, which have become increasingly important in recent times as roads become more congested and bus services are cut back.
Featured inJournal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society
"There are some attractive photographs, including Great Central-designed locomotives still at work on passenger and freight trains into the 1950s...The comprehensive chapter on the complex Oldham, Ashton & Guide Bridge Junction Railway (OAGB) is usefully introduced with a Railway Clearing House map...Readers interested in signalling will find this book of use...a cohesive, informative and easy to follow guide to an important group of joint lines."Martin Higginson, The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum Winter 2021 - 2022
"This is a beautifully presented work with some very fine images and is sure to appeal to historians of railways, social history and industry."West Somerset Railway Association
This is the third in a series of books looking in detail at the workings of the former Great Central section of the LNER in the Manchester and Sheffield area. The first dealt with the main line workings from Manchester with the second covering similar services around Sheffield. This new volume covers the multitude of joint lines in both areas. In common with the previous books this is extremely well illustrated with very extensive and well researched captions. Many of the images have not been published before and the quality of reproduction throughout is excellent. Areas covered include the Manchester South Junction and Altrincham Railway, the Oldham, Ashton and Guide Bridge Junction Railway and the vast network of joint lines in the Doncaster area. As well as the illustrations there are a good number of maps, signal box diagrams, gradient profiles and timetable extracts. Several of the photographs are of station buildings and signal boxes, all adding to a very comprehensive coverage. This is another excellent production from this prolific publisher and comes highly recommended.LNER Society