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North Eastern Electric Stock 1904–2020 (Hardback)

Its Design and Development

Transport Photographic Books Colour Books Trains and Railways

By Graeme Gleaves
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Locomotive Portfolios Diesel and Electric
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9781526740342
Published: 20th May 2021



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The north east of England was the cradle of Britain's railways in the 19th Century. It was here George and Robert Stephenson would shape the steam locomotive. Then in the early 20th Century a second transport revolution took place around Newcastle when the suburban lines from the city to the coast were electrified in response to competition from the electric trams. What was created became the blueprint for modern day commuting. This book tells the story behind the creation of that network, the trains that served it. The narrative goes through the success and expansion years and ultimately the troubles that led to its demise. Our story comes full circle with the creation of the Tyne & Wear Metro, a ground breaking transport system that, like the electrified lines nearly 80 years earlier, set a new standard for suburban rail that would be the inspiration for schemes in many other parts of the country.

"The quality of reproduction is excellent throughout and the book is well worth a read. Recommended."

LNER Society

An interesting account of a highly successful system showing the North Eastern Railway at its progressive best.

Roger Backhouse, York Model Engineers - Newsletter, July 2021

Referenced in ‘Added reading’ part of Five Electric Generation article

Railways Illustrated, April 2021

A good source of historic information. It gives a good account of electric railway’s in the NE

James Simmonds

About Graeme Gleaves

Graeme Gleaves was born in Kent in a house that backed onto the Main line between London and the coast and had trains passing by every few minutes. It was only natural that he should develop a keen interest in railways, then join the railway industry from school and eventually become involved in writing books on trains. He was the founder of the Suburban Electric Railway Association and the Electric Railway Museum and remains very involved in the preservation of British electric trains to this day.

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