Author:  Derek Huntriss
Published:  2019
Format:  Hardback, 128 pages

Status:  In Stock

£22.50

Synopsis

To support the infant industries in the West Riding region there were a number of mineral lines which were to play a crucial role in the developing railways of the area. From these beginnings it was a short step towards the construction of lines for both freight and passenger services. Eventually the West Riding sported no less than seven major railway companies, eleven significant joint lines and a small number of minor systems. A number of these lines were built in direct competition and fought long battles, waged major campaigns and incessantly vied with each other for supremacy, only cooperating when no other course of action remained.

This lavishly illustrated book concentrates on the last two decades of steam – the 1950s and 1960s. Starting with the Settle and Carlisle line, it takes the reader down to Skipton via various branch lines, and thence, via Copy Pit and the former LNW route over Standedge, to Bradford and Leeds.

Covering the lines north and east of Leeds locations include Harrogate, Pateley Bridge, Wetherby and Tadcaster with visits to Selby, Goole and Church Fenton before arriving at York. The book then takes us via Doncaster to Wakefield, Barnsley and Mexborough before ending up at Sheffield.

Features 200 colour photographs and illustrations.