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Merseyside Transport (Paperback)

The 1950s - 1970s

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Transport > Trains & Railways

By Martin Jenkins, Charles Roberts
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 96
Illustrations: Over 150
ISBN: 9781913870058
Published: 1st June 2022

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Merseyside can claim, with some justification, to have provided the transport enthusiast with a greater variety of transport modes than anywhere else in Britain. By the 1950s, with many long-standing scenes about to disappear, photographers began faithfully to record what they saw in colour. It is these images, including road, rail, sea and other modes of transport, that illustrate this nostalgic pictorial portrait of key aspects of the richly varied scene. Taking the reader on a journey from Liverpool and its suburbs to Birkenhead and Wallasey, with one small detour to include views of the remarkable Runcorn Transporter Bridge, this book gives a full-colour view of the historic transport that was part of the Merseyside townscape from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The Liverpool area has offered a treat for enthusiasts over the years, with a greater variety of transport modes than virtually anywhere else. Shipping, ferries, canals, the first inter-city and elevated railways, an underground system, the Mersey tunnels, the first urban ring road and an extensive tram system - on both sides of the Mersey - are just some of the highlights.

This paperback book presents an illustrated view of each of the various modes of transport in operation within Merseyside (even the Kirkby peat railway gets a mention!) during a time of drastic change. The high-quality images are presented in colour and the captions provide essential historical detail concerning the various ships, trains, buses, trams and the locations in which they’re captured.

Railways feature frequently, including BR and Mersey Docks & Harbour Co. lines, as well as the famous Overhead Railway and the former Mersey Railway network. But there is also much for bus, tram and ship enthusiasts to get excited about too. An excellent book, this will appeal to anyone with an affinity for urban transport systems and Merseyside in general.

Model Rail Magazine

This book is a delight, and will entertain and absorb many a reader, as well as bringing back many memories for those old enough to remember the era it portrays.

West Somerset Railway Association
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