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Scotland's Railways (Paperback)

The Last 15 Years

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

By Stuart Fowler
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 96
Illustrations: 180
ISBN: 9781913870256
Published: 1st June 2022



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The last 15 years have seen a huge amount of change in the rail network within Scotland, including the replacement of old rolling stock with new trains, an explosion of colourful liveries, the re-opening of routes, the demise of coal trains and the boom of container freight traffic. Looking at passenger operations, new routes have opened during the period, including those to Larkhall and Alloa along with the Airdrie to Bathgate extension and the Borders route to Tweedbank. Furthermore, electrification has changed a number of the lines beyond recognition with overhead wires now on the Edinburgh to Glasgow routes via both Falkirk and Shotts along with the suburban route out of Glasgow to Paisley Canal. Of course, these changes have brought about a shift in traction with new electric units ousting the diesels. Likewise, the introduction of HSTs on services between the Scottish cities has brought much interest back to the passenger scene. In contrast, the freight market has unfortunately been in decline for some time, compounded significantly by the loss of coal traffic, which accounted for a substantial volume. However, container traffic has continued to increase and new freight operating companies have appeared, bringing much heritage traction back to the scene. Illustrated with over 180 images, this book details the huge variety of trains, ranging from the everyday to the unusual, that have been seen on Scotland’s rails in the last 15 years.

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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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