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Rails From Shrewsbury (Hardback)

A Pictorial Journey, 1970s-2012

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By Peter J Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 266 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399042697
Published: 2nd August 2023

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Shrewsbury station, located at the junction of the lines from Chester, Crewe, Wolverhampton, Hereford and Aberystwyth is a busy and interesting railway centre for the enthusiast. Many train movements are still controlled by semaphore signals operated from a number of signal boxes, including the largest remaining operational mechanical signal box in the world at Severn Bridge Junction. Nevertheless, modernisation has been gradually sweeping away much of the railway infrastructure, both at Shrewsbury and in the surrounding area, as it has been everywhere else.

This book looks at Shrewsbury itself, the lines that radiate from there, and the trains that ran on them, in the late twentieth and the early part of the twenty-first century. During this time period, much more general railway infrastructure and mechanical signalling was still in use, and locomotive-hauled trains were abundant, using a variety of motive power, including Classes 25, 31, 33, 37 and 47. The various freight lines that saw traffic are also visited.

The railway from Newport through Hereford and Shrewsbury to Chester, in particular, saw regular steam-hauled special trains, a few of which are illustrated here. Preserved railways in the area are not forgotten, including the Severn Valley Railway which once ran from Sutton Bridge Junction at Shrewsbury to Hartlebury, between Kidderminster and Droitwich Spa.

"... this book offers a superb insight into this busy railway junction which today still sees numerous services passing through it."

Swanage Railways Magazine - Winter 2023

"This book offers a superb insight into this busy station which today still sees numerous services passing through it."

Snowdon Ranger - No. 122

"Shrewsbury is an interesting railway location and the book acts as a record of a period when traffic patterns were changing. It is a useful addition to the bibliography of the period."

The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society - The Railway Observer, November 2023, Volume 93, Number 1137

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About Peter J Green

Peter J Green's interest in railways really began in 1959 during a holiday near the former Great Western main line in Devon. At first his hobby was about collecting numbers but, encouraged by his father's interest in photography, he soon began to record the general railway scene. His focus was on steam locomotives initially, but quickly expanded to include diesels, signalling and railway infrastructure. Pursuing what has been an absorbing interest, he has recorded the trains, and the railways on which they run, not only in Great Britain, but also in many other parts of the world. Today he continues to travel and photograph railways as often as he is able to do so.

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