Railways - Especially Those That Are Now Only Memories

After the great expansion of railways in the 19th century it was inevitable that in the wake of economic change some lines would close and the rail network adapt to changing needs. In the minds of many the mid-20th century Beeching era (although he was not by any means the sole cause) led to the closure of far too many routes and stations.

Having said that, in the years since then considerable benefits have emerged in the form of walking and cycling tracks that have opened up areas of countryside that previously were not easily accessed. Some of the books in this section describe such walks and rides. Others look back with the help of old photographs to the lines, stations, marshalling yards, engines and rolling stock of a lost era.