British Railway Stations 1825-1900: An Essential Gazetteer (Unique Books)

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Railways initially developed to carry freight but quickly, it became clear that there was a demand for passenger traffic as well and these new travellers required facilities – the railway station was born.

Whilst the vast majority of stations which opened before 1900 survived into the post-Victorian era, a significant number did not and, in a prequel and companion volume to British Railway Stations Since 1901, where the 9,000 or so in existence in that period were identified and located, this book examines those stations that were opened during the 19th century and were not to survive into the 20th.

Some 1,200 stations are covered. Each has a small map with information provided that includes the Ordnance Survey 10-digit National Grid Reference, where known, and the site’s current status.

An appendix lists some of those that had only the briefest of existences and as, a result, were excluded, plus a large majority of those which were rebuilt on the same site (and thus had continuous use into the 20th century), but even these additional sites do not embrace all of those that the timetables showed.

With its comprehensive information about closed stations, this book is an excellent companion to the many railway atlases and station chronologies and will be of assistance to all those who like to visit disused railway sites or enjoy walking or cycling along the many converted trackbeds that exist in Britain. 160 pages.

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