Railways in North and Mid Wales in the Late 20th Century (Pen & Sword)

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Railways in North and Mid Wales in the Late 20th Century has been compiled by Peter J Green using images he took of the British Railways lines located amongst the coastal and mountain scenery of northern Wales. His visits to the area between 1980 and 2000 resulted in a wide selection of photographs. However, to give a complete picture of the railway scene during this time, he has supplemented his own photographs with a selection of images taken by Paul Dorney and Steve Turner. The result is a diverse range of photographs which feature a mixture of both freight and passenger trains, running on a wide assortment of workings. Many of the pictures show railway infrastructure, such as stations, goods sheds, trackwork, signal boxes and signalling equipment, which was commonplace during this period, but much of which can no longer be seen there today.

Lines featured here are the North Wales Coast line and its branches, the former Cambrian line from Welshpool to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli, and the Welsh section of the Shrewsbury to Chester line. While the emphasis is very much on the main lines, the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, closed by British Railways in 1956 and reopened as a heritage railway, and the Llangollen Railway on a section of the former Ruabon to Barmouth line also feature, as does the Vale of Rheidol Railway, sold by British Rail into private ownership in 1989. A few photographs of the steam specials that regularly ran on the main lines also appear.

A map has been included which shows where the British Rail Passenger Lines featured were located around Wales, during the period covered by this book.

The pictures are usually displayed in 2-per-page format and are accompanied by informative captions.

231 black and white photographs. Hardback. 144 pages.

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