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The Railways of Bradford and Leeds (Hardback)

Their History and Development

Colour Books Photographic Books Transport > Trains & Railways World History > UK & Ireland > England > Yorkshire & Humberside

By Peter Waller
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781526773425
Published: 12th October 2023


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It was to the south-west of Leeds that one of the key lines in the development of Britain’s railway network – the Middleton Railway – established the principle of seeking parliamentary sanction for the construction of a new form of transport. Five decades later in the early nineteenth century it was again the Middleton Railway that was at the forefront of the use of steam – rather than animal – power to move coal from colliery to market.

From the early 1830s through until the early years of the twentieth century the local railway network continued to expand; indeed, if it had not been for the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 the area would have played host to one of the last first-generation main lines to be constructed with the Midland Railway planning – and partially constructing – a new main line north from Royston. In the event the line was never completed, consigning Bradford to be served by no more than glorified branch lines.

Providing a largely illustrated account to the history of the railway development of the area, the book includes a fascinating selection of illustrations that focus on the evolution of the network in the almost eighty years since the end of the Second World War.

As featured in

National Railway Museum Review – The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum – No186, Winter 2023/24

"This is a well researched, well-presented book."

Steam World - January 2024

"It is fascinating to see what's been lost...this is a good one, with some fascinating snippets..."

York Model Engineers Newsletter

"As photo compilations go, this is a good one..."

Bradford Model Engineering Society Monthly Bulletin - Number 191, December 2023

"I have read this book with great interest and enjoyed it...I would recommend this book to readers because the well captioned illustrations need to be seen."

LMS Society

About Peter Waller

Brought up in Bradford, PETER WALLER grew up as the city’s trolleybus network gradually declined. In 1986 he commenced a career in publishing working for a number of years as Ian Allan Ltd publishing books, where he oversaw the commissioning and publication of a wide range of books. The first book he wrote was British and Irish Tramway Systems since 1945, in 1992. Since then he has written a number of transport books, moving to Shropshire where he is a director and secretary of the Online Transport Archive, vice-chairman of the West Shropshire Talking Newspaper, a committee member of the National Railway Heritage Awards and a past president of Rotary Club of Shrewsbury. He became a Council member of the National Transport Trust in 2020.

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