Rails Through Barnsley (Hardback)
A Photographic Journey
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Few people realise it, but Barnsley was once the centre of a railway universe. In Victorian times, dozens of competing companies put forward schemes to build railways across, through and around the town. Between them they constructed what some still regard as the most dense railway network in the country more complicated even than Londons commuter system or even the railway networks of our major cities. The reason almost no one knows about it is because many of the lines built never saw a passenger service. They were built for one reason: coal. A maze of semi-unknown branches served every colliery in the district and the network became so overloaded with coal trains that they even had to build a railway bypass around the town to prevent everything grinding to a standstill!
Down the years Barnsleys railway network became something of a backwater, ignored by many enthusiasts and photographers. So the full story of how the railways aided the towns prosperity has rarely been told. This book is an attempt to put that right by giving a relatively short but fact-packed history, looking at each of the railway companies that opened up the town and connecting it with what was going on in the outside world. It includes a collection of high quality images, many of which have not been seen before.
As the coal industry rose and fell, so did the railway system which served it, and this book will show exactly how it all happened and why.
Barnsley's railway history is complex if largely a thing of the past as that history was largely based on coal.Railway and Canal Historical Society
A recommendable volume
An excellent book from a publisher which is relatively new to railway books.The Railway Observer May 2017
An excellent account of railways in the Barnsley area.Friends of the National Railway Museum
I never knew just how important the comparatively little town of Barnsley was in terms of the railways! This superb collection of photos from the authors' own collections is utterly compelling. Mainly for enthusiasts, of course, but some of the photos will be of intense interest to social historians and the like.Books Monthly
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The visual documentation that accompanies the work is luxury, nothing more and nothing less than 172 black and white and 22 colour photographs, all of the highest quality.José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM
A very interesting cultural work, and a jewel visually speaking.
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Essential reading for any lover of Yorkshire's railways.York Model Engineer March 2017
As featured inBarnsley Chronicle