Intercity Cross-Country Rail Services (Amberley)

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To most people InterCity means the network of trains linking the UK with London, but there is a far more interesting and often overlooked network that avoided London: Cross-country. With InterCity Cross-country Rail Services Andy Gibbs has produced a pictorial record of InterCity's cross-country services in action, illustrating the diverse range of starting points and destinations used.

The North East–South West route of British Rail linked Newcastle with Plymouth and Cardiff via Birmingham; added to this were the Manchester and Liverpool services that headed for the south coast and the odd train that crossed from one route to the other. Birmingham New Street was the hub for all of these services, with the exception of some services from East Anglia and the East Midlands. Over the years the North East–South West route became cross-country and extended its range well into Scotland.

The photographs are generally displayed in two-per-page format and were mainly taken during the 1970s and 1980s, though a few are from the 1990s prior to privatisation.

48 colour and 141 black & white photographs. 96 pages.

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