Ambergate to Mansfield Including the Midland Railway-Butterley (Middleton)

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By Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith. Ambergate to Mansfield Including the Midland Railway-Butterley contains an historical survey of the former Midland Railway line from the formerly triangular station at Ambergate to the re-opened station at Mansfield. The line has seen difficult times in the past, but the central section is now a thriving heritage railway and the eastern section has seen a passenger revival in recent years.

The journey begins at Ambergate, formerly the junction of the lines from Derby to Manchester and Sheffield and now, following truncation of the Manchester route, the start of the Matlock Branch. On arrival at Butterley, now home to the Midland Railway-Butterley, the book takes in three short branch lines to Swanwick, Little Earon and Heanor. The journey continues across the main Erewash Valley route of the Midland Main Line, through Pinxton, Kirkby-in Ashfield and Sutton-in Ashfield, before arriving at Mansfield, now the focal point of the Nottingham-Worksop “Robin Hood Line”.

Ambergate to Mansfield Including the Midland Railway-Butterley contains 120 black & white photographs illustrating interesting features along the line including stations, junctions, signal boxes and freight facilities. The pictures are a mixture of archive and more recent images, giving a flavour of how the railway has changed over the years. Detailed captions provide further historical information.

Also incudes several maps, diagrams, tickets, posters and other reproductions. 96 pages. Hardback.

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