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Railways of Central Scotland (Paperback)

2006–15

Transport > Trains & Railways World History > UK & Ireland > Scotland

By Ian Lothian
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 96
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781913870188
Published: 1st June 2022

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From the time when the first railways were built, there has been a process of constant change over the decades. The years between 2006 and 2015 saw many of these changes in Central Scotland with projects such as the rebuilding and reopening of the lines from Maryhill to Anniesland and the Larkhall branch. However, these developments seem minor when compared to the opening of the Stirling to Alloa and Kincardine line in 2008, followed by the Airdrie to Bathgate route in December 2010. These were much longer lines; the Stirling to Alloa and Kincardine line had to carry both passenger and heavy coal trains while Airdrie to Bathgate became a double-track electrified railway with new stations and a frequent passenger service. Illustrated with over 150 colour photographs, this volume looks at the transformation of the main route network in Central Scotland, over the ten-year period, detailing changing franchises, different liveries and new lines, locomotives and rolling stock.

The Highlands of Scotland always tend to grab the headlines, in terms of scenic railway photography, yet the Central Belt has long had plenty to offer rail enthusiasts. These two volumes by Ian Lothian offer a pictorial overview of an evolving rail scene, beginning in the late 1990s.

There’s a colourful array of passenger and freight traction on offer, with the first volume featuring traction with a British Rail heritage, while the second book inevitably sees the proliferation of new multiple units and the ubiquitous Class 66s taking over much of the freight traffic.

Indeed, by reading both books together, one can appreciate how the railway has developed since privatisation, with lines reopening and freight traffic ebbing and flowing. There’s plenty of useful supporting text (though no maps) and excellent images are presented in colour throughout.

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About Ian Lothian

Ian has had railway photographs published in magazines and publications in the UK, Canada, the USA, various European countries, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In 2003, he won the inaugural Photographer of the Year competition organised by Railways Illustrated magazine, one highlight of which was being asked to name Freightliner Heavy Haul's 66618 at the National Railway Museum at York.

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