Rail Freight: The Midlands (Key)

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From the busy West Coast and Midland main lines to the thriving quarries of Leicestershire and intermodal terminals in and around Birmingham, rail freight is still alive and well in the Midland counties of England. Here, alongside the Class 66s, we see DB and Freightliner Class 90s on the West Coast Main Line, DRS Classes 68 and 88 on intermodal traffic, Freightliner and Colas Rail Class 70s on various flows, and DB Class 60s on heavy oil and steel trains. Turning the clock back, the closure of every remaining coal mine in the region has brought the demise of numerous freight-only lines and branches.

Many steel and petroleum terminals have closed, as have several automotive railheads in the Birmingham area. The intermodal network has also seen some cutbacks, albeit compensated for with the introduction of several new facilities. As for traction, we revisit an era when Classes 20, 25 and 31 were commonplace, as was the humble and often overlooked Class 08 shunter.

Illustrated with over 160 photographs, many of which are previously unpublished, this volume looks at the changing face of rail freight across the Midlands, detailing the transformation in traction, rolling stock and railway infrastructure over four decades. 96 pages

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