Industrial Locomotives and Railways of the North East : Gordon Edgar : Expected 15th April 2019
- ISBN 9781445649405
- 128 pages
- 15 Apr 2019
Available on back-order
Another excellent book to look forward to from the pen of Gordon Edgar. Due date 15th April 2019 and we will have stock of this as soon as it is in shipment. Cover illustration fo follow.
The industrial and minor railways of North East England are neglected topics deserving of greater attention. Following on from ‘Industrial Locomotives & Railways of Lancashire and Yorkshire, Gordon Edgar uses his excellent collection of photographs to explore these fascinating railways and their locomotives.
This is the eighth volume in the series, covering an area once proudly boasting widespread coal mining, steelmaking and shipbuilding activities, as well as numerous other traditional industries large and small, most now sadly history. The industrial railway diversity that one could have witnessed in this region up until the latter part of the twentieth century was arguably unequalled in Britain. The National Coal Board’s Lambton, Hetton, Bowes, Derwenthaugh, Ashington and Backworth railway systems, and the steel and ironworks complexes at Consett, Lackenby and Skinningrove, and Doxford’s shipyard in Sunderland are just some of the locations familiar to many industrial railway enthusiasts, all of which are covered. Far-reaching changes in this region over the last half-century sadly leave just three bona-fide industrial railway locations featured in this book surviving today.
Primarily utilising previously unpublished photographs, the author offers a fascinating insight into the industrial railways and locomotives of this region, endeavouring to convey the raison d’etre of such railways held in great affection by many.