Freight Trains in the North of England: An Illustrated Survey 1955-2018 (Pen & Sword)

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The amount of interest in freight trains has risen greatly in recent years, partly because passenger services have come to be dominated by multiple-unit types. The opportunities to ride behind and experience locomotives on passenger services are today few and far between, but the traditional locomotive can still be found alive and well, working on freight trains.

Freight Trains in the North of England: An Illustrated Survey 1955-2018 is an illustrated review of freight workings over more than sixty years, demonstrating the immense changes that have taken place to both the trains and the industrial locations that they serve. It brings together the work of many outstanding railway photographers and features some of their best work from the mid-1950s, right up to the present day.

Pictures include unfitted freights of the 1950s and associated local trip workings with wooden trucks, long mixed goods trains bound for the huge marshalling yards of the 1960s and the advent of bulk freight flows, using wagons such as the `Merry-go-Round’ coal hoppers. Speedlink services and the introduction of much heavier bogie wagons are also covered. Steam, diesel and electric traction are all featured.

Many of the trains are seen heading through picturesque Northern landscapes or are set against almost forgotten industrial backdrops. The changes in railway infrastructure and signalling are also evident through the pages.

Freight Trains in the North of England: An Illustrated Survey 1955-2018 is divided into nine main chapters, each covering a geographical area. The region covered comprises from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in the south, to Cumbria and the `North-East’. Within each chapter the photoagraphs are presented in chronological order, allowing the reader to gauge the changes in each area in turn. All the photographs are well captioned. 144 pages. Hardback.

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