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Railways of South and West Scotland (Paperback)

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

By David Cross, Stuart Fowler
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Britain's Railways
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781802821635
Published: 19th December 2022



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The West Coast Main Line and the line from Kilmarnock south to Gretna were both built to ensure that passenger services from Scotland would connect to towns and cities in England and, more importantly, that it would open up markets for both manufactured goods and mineral traffic, principally coal, which at that time was required in vast quantities for both industrial and domestic use. The line south from Glasgow to Stranraer was to provide a connection with the ferries for both goods and passengers to and from Ireland. Lines to multiple destinations on the Clyde Coast connected with ferries to various islands for an ever-increasing volume of commuter traffic. The various changes to motive power, liveries and services over the last 30 years are reflected in the illustrations, which also record the demise of the once huge volume of coal traffic. South of Edinburgh, there is a look at the Borders Railway, which, when it was opened in 2015, was the longest line to be reopened within the UK. With over 170 colour photographs, this book takes the reader on a journey throughout the south and west of Scotland.

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About David Cross

David Cross is the son of the late Derek Cross, who was well known as a great railway photographer. David has had an interesting career in the shipping and container industry and also lived and worked abroad at times in his career and life. He often accompanied his father on railway photographic trips when he was very young and caught the railway bug, which has led to a life long passion for trains and railways. He lives in Essex, where he still pursues his great passion for railways and photography. This volume largely taken from his fathers' work is his latest offering.

About Stuart Fowler

Stuart has been a railway photographer for over 20 years and currently lives on the west coast of Scotland in Ayrshire. His photo library covers predominantly Scotland and northern England from around the year 2000. His photos appear regularly in monthly magazines, and he has written numerous articles on various subjects, all of which have appeared in the railway press. In addition, his photographs have been used for merchandise and on book covers. His previous book for Key Publishing looked at the railways of Scotland in the past 15 years.

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