The Minor Railways of East Anglia: Development Demise & Destiny (Pen & Sword)

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An illustrated review of some of the little-known railways that served the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex. The book begins with a look at the history of railways in East Anglia, including the dominant Great Eastern Railway and the many independent railways that defied that monopoly.

Part 2 of the book looks at the development of railways in East Anglia and is divided into sections as follows. Several different minor railways are examined within each of the following categories:

  • Railways for maritime produce and perhaps for tourists
  • Railways for agricultural produce and passengers
  • Railways for industry
  • Railway companies in competition – two stations to serve one location.

Part 3 goes on to look at the demise of most minor railways in the region and looks at the potential for recovery of some of these lines to support the general expansion of travel requirements in the 21st century.

Part 4 looks at those minor railways that have already found a new lease of life, such as the Aldeburgh branch to serve the Sizewell C nuclear power station, various thriving heritage operations, and lines that have been converted to cycleways or footpaths.

The Minor Railways of East Anglia: Development, Demise and Destiny is an interesting account of some now largely forgotten railways. The narrative is accompanied by a collection archive photographs, mainly from the 1950s and 1960s, plus many maps and plans of the featured lines. 144 pages. Hardback.

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