‘West Riding Steam’………
this recent offering from the renowned publishing house Never Again Publishing is a lavishly illustrated full colour pictorial reminder of the days when steam reigned supreme on the railways of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Written and produced by Derek Huntriss
Stretching from Ais Gill in the north to Sheffield in the south and from Goole in the east to Saddleworth in the west, the West Riding of Yorkshire is a county of marked contrasts. It has some of the most inhospitable landscape that England can offer, and it has two major centres of traditional industry: the textile industry around Leeds and Bradford and the iron and steel industries centred round Sheffield. It had the advantage of being located above one of the richest coalfields in the country.
To support the infant industries in the West Riding there were a number of mineral lines which were to play a crucial role in the developing railways of the region. 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.
With 128 pages, packed with top quality colour images, providing a powerful reminder of the heyday of British Railways steam operation, this compilation is brilliant value at £22.50 + £6.00 p&p.
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