The Great Central Railway: What Really Happened (Pen & Sword)

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A comprehensive history of the Great Central Railway and its forerunners from their early days until the closure of the Great Central Main Line as a through route, featuring thoroughly researched and detailed analysis of the business aspects of the GCR and the part played by governments, the electricity and coal industries and how social change ultimately paved the way for its demise. The book contains chapters on the following topics:

  • The role of railway pioneer Sit Edward Watkin
  • GCR General Manager Sir Samuel Fay’s time with the Great Central
  • The GCR’s financial structure and performance
  • The LNER era from 1923 to 1947
  • Nationalisation of the rail network
  • Coal traffic on the GCML
  • The Beeching report and closure of the GCML
  • Surviving sections of the GCML

126 photos, mostly colour. 344 pages. Hardback.

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