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Midland Main Lines to St Pancras and Cross Country (Hardback)

Sheffield to Bristol 1957 - 1963

Transport History Trains and Railways

By John Palmer
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 207
ISBN: 9781473885578
Published: 2nd March 2017

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The history of British Railways in the late 1950s/early 1960s is characterised by change; massive change, as its management attempted to meet statutory obligations against a background of social, economic and political influences.

The Modernisation Plan of 1955 paved the way for the electrification of the route from Manchester to London Euston, with a consequential effect of the Midland route services via Derby needing to be enhanced and improved. That eventually resulted in the arrival of class 7 steam motive power and later also benefitted the cross country Midland route. This book details, year by year, the changes that took place and provides an insight into the reasons why decisions were taken, and how the railway management was faced with a vast range of technological, natural, socio-economic challenges to be overcome, whilst also trying to meet the day-to-day needs of the operational railway.

In addition to tracing the history of the routes, the book includes performance logs of typical journeys along difficult sections, recollections of railwaymen working in various departments and for enthusiasts a list of rare and unusual locomotive workings. The book is profusely illustrated with black and white, as well as colour, photographs and also includes a comprehensive range of maps.

This large volume is aimed unashamedly at trainspotters, past and present. Excellent maps, great archive photos and informative text make it both valued and entertaining.

This England, Autumn 2017

This book offers a unique picture of railway operation in the period.

Friends of the National Railway Museum

A quality product from Pen & Sword and a must for those seeking to be reminded or wanting to know, second hand, what it was like.

Railway Observer July 2017

'A must for enthusiasts'

Reflections Magazine

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British Railway Modelling, May 2017

An interesting book to understand the advances in the English railway system.

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About John Palmer

John Palmer was born into a railway family, who have served the industry for many generations, living near Derby and the Midland Main Line from St Pancras to Sheffield. He is a life-long railway enthusiast and professional railwayman. John spent thirty-three years in the industry and his work took him to nineteen different countries. Although the author has spent most of his working life with diesel and electric traction, his first love was always steam and the period on the Midland main lines, after the 1955 modernisation plan. Since his retirement, he has been involved in railway historical research and also as a director of the preservation group restoring BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0, 73156.

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