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Sheffield Main Line Services (Hardback)

From the M S & L R Period to British Railways

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By Bob Pixton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Great Central Railway
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 450 black and white photographs, maps & track diagrams
ISBN: 9781526735997
Published: 13th October 2020

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A volume of a new and exciting series illustrating one of the country’s best loved railway companies in the days of steam.It consists of maps, charts, timetables and photographs are used to give the reader a sense of a journey in time along the various lines that the GCR controlled. One main theme is passenger traffic via Penistone, down to Sheffield and east to Retford.

The movement of coal is another of the dominant themes in South Yorkshire centred on Wath marshalling yard, wagons went west, up the notorious Worsborough incline to Penistone and then via the Woodhead tunnel, Mottram Yard to Godley on their journey enroute for Liverpool and Manchester. Another stream of wagons was east passing, the mecca for all GC enthusiast, Mexborough, and onto the Doncaster avoiding line then east to cross the River Trent at Keadby. Lines from the ‘Coal Capital’ of South Yorkshire, Barnsley to Sheffield, Wakefield and Penistone are looked at.

With the trilogy written by G. Dow’s approaching its 60th birthday, it is timely that an illustrated history has been produced to bring to life some of the hidden recesses of this great company.

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The book by Bob Pixton, illustrates one of the Railway Companies in days of steam. It consists of maps, charts, timetables and photographs (some undated) along the routes which were controlled by the Great Central Railway.

One theme is the passenger traffic via Penistone down to Sheffield and east to Retford. The other was the movement of coal centred on Wath Marshalling Yard via Worsborough incline to Penistone, then via Woodhead tunnel to Mottram and Godley Yards, thence forward to Manchester and Liverpool.

Another stream of wagons passing east through Mexborough and Doncaster avoiding line to Keadby Power Station and Scunthorpe Steel Works. The lines from Barnsley to Sheffield, Wakefield and Penistone are also looked at.
Acknowledgement mentioned of George Dow’s 1959 trilogy about the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincoln Railway, and other sources, including Dave Fordham of Doncaster for his work of homes and the Yorkshire Coalfield - all have been a wonderful source of information.

Doncaster Family History Society

The book aims to set the railways within the industrial context of the area, and is a better than average photo history.

Roger Backhouse

Recommended in the strongest possible terms.

The Railway magazine, February 2021
 Bob Pixton

About Bob Pixton

Bob Pixton is a retired teacher who lives in Swindon in Wiltshire, he was originally from the Manchester area and has always had an interest in the railways of Lancashire and Yorkshire.


He has been researching and collecting material about the lines that ran across the Pennines for many years, with a view to writing a series of books about the railways that criss crossed this once heavily industrialised part of Britain.


The author is also a railway modeller with an interest in constructing layouts, which have a slant towards freight operation, producing a miniature copy of his favourite areas of railway research, railways that serve industry.

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