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British Railways, Locomotives, Carriages, Wagons and Timetables

The opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825 and the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 were key milestones in the creation of the modern railway.  Their George and Robert Stephenson designed steam locomotives, hauling passenger and freight trains on iron rails, had evolved from horse drawn wooden wagonways and the first steam locomotives pioneered by Richard Trevithick.

 

Railway expansion across Britain followed rapidly with the numerous companies formed during the railway mania of the 1840s being consolidated and amalgamated up to the First World War.   The 1923 Grouping created the ‘Big Four’ railway companies of the Great Western; Southern; London, Midland and Scottish; and London and North Eastern.  These companies were nationalised to form British Railways in 1948 and succeeded by the creation of the modern railway system on privatisation from 1994.

 

Locomotives, carriages and wagons developed to improve performance and operate on the variety of standard gauge, narrow gauge, miniature, light, industrial and military railways.  Steam locomotives operated on main lines until 1968, followed by diesel and electric ‘modern traction’.  

 

This category of books, maps, timetables and other ephemera comprehensively covers all aspects of the railways of Britain, including its locomotives, rolling stock, infrastructure and operations.  You can review in total or use the sub-categories on the left of this page to focus on a specific area of interest.

 

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London Midland Steam on Shed  by 45562
45562
London Midland Steam on Shed

Volumes 1 & 2

Two volume set of pictorial album.

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Great Western Steam in the West Country  by 4588
4588
Great Western Steam in the West Country

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Open Day Tyseley MPD - Sunday, 28th September 1968 by 7029 Clun Castle Ltd and British Rail
7029 Clun Castle Ltd and British Rail
Open Day Tyseley MPD - Sunday, 28th September 1968

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Railway Rights-of-Way - A Pathway Survey of Unused Lines or Passengers Once More by ab ELIS, Rhys
ab ELIS, Rhys
Railway Rights-of-Way - A Pathway Survey of Unused Lines or Passengers Once More

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The Last Main Line by ABBOTT, R.D.
ABBOTT, R.D.
The Last Main Line

An Illustrated History of the Building of The Great Central Railway

Well produced booklet of period photographs showing the construction of the GCR.

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The Fairlie Locomotive  by ABBOTT, Rowland A.S.
ABBOTT, Rowland A.S.
The Fairlie Locomotive

Locomotive Studies

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The Line that Refused to Die - The story of the successful campaign to save the Settle and Carlisle Railway by ABBOTT, Stan & WHITEHOUSE, Alan
ABBOTT, Stan & WHITEHOUSE, Alan
The Line that Refused to Die - The story of the successful campaign to save the Settle and Carlisle Railway

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The Great Metro Guide to Tyne & Wear by ABBOTT, Vernon & CHAPMAN, Roy
ABBOTT, Vernon & CHAPMAN, Roy
The Great Metro Guide to Tyne & Wear

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The ABC or Alphabetical Railway Guide  - July 1923 by ABC Guide
ABC Guide
The ABC or Alphabetical Railway Guide - July 1923

No. 838

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