The 1896 Light Railways Act: The Law That Made Heritage Railways Possible (Amberley)

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This book examines the 1896 Light Railways Act; a law passed to speed up official procedures for gaining approval to build railway lines. The temporary act was due to end in 1901, but was extended and remained a part of UK law. In the 1960s, railway enthusiasts recognised it as a way to obtain approval to reopen sections of closed railway to operate steam trains on. This unintended consequence of the law led to the development of heritage railways around Britain, many of which remain in use today. This book looks at the law, its original uses and at the development of heritage railways. Illustrated throughout with colour and black & white photographs. 96 pages.

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