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The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway (Hardback)

The Rise and Fall of a Rural Byway

Colour Books Transport > Trains & Railways

By Peter Johnson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white illustrations, maps & track diagrams
ISBN: 9781526776174
Published: 22nd February 2024
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The Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway, was one of the lines managed and operated by Colonel Holman Fred Stephens from his office in Salford Terrace in Tonbridge Kent.

It was a revival of the long disused Potteries Shrewsbury & North Wales Railway, a railway that went bankrupt shortly after opening in the mid 1860s and was left derelict for forty years.

The railway reopened in 1911 to much local rejoicing, however the company was in financial difficulties by the 1920s and withdrew its passenger services in the early 1930s.

During the Second World War the army took over the railway, constructing ammunition and stores depots along its entire length.

After the war the railway continued to be operated by the army until closed in 1960, when it was handed over to the Western Region of British Railways for demolition.

The author has researched the history of this fascinating bucolic railway over many years. In this new book he presents much previously unpublished information and many fascinating insights into the railway’s complicated history.

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 Peter Johnson

About Peter Johnson

Best known for his books on narrow gauge and Welsh railways, Peter Johnson first wrote about travelling post offices in 1985 and added the Post Office (London) Railway to his portfolio in 1995. Living in Leicester, he was employed in local authority fire service communications for 29 years. 

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