Although goods traffic accounted in many cases for a higher proportion of railway companies’ revenue than passengers, the buildings associated with it have received very little attention in comparison to their passenger counterparts. They once played as important a role in distribution as the ‘big sheds’ near motorway junctions do today. The book shows how the basic design of goods sheds evolved early in the history of railways, and how the form of goods sheds reflected the function they performed. Although goods sheds largely functioned in the same way, there was considerable scope for variety of architectural expression in their external design. The book brings out how they varied considerably in size from small timber huts to the massive warehouses seen in major cities. It also looks at how many railway companies developed standard designs for these buildings towards the end of the 19th century and at how traditional materials such as timber, brick and stone gave way to steel and concrete in the 20th This building type is subject to a high level of threat with development pressure in urban and suburban areas for both car parking and housing having already accounted for the demise of many of these buildings. Despite this, some 600 have been identified as still extant and the book will, for the first time, provide a comprehensive gazetteer of the surviving examples.
Have you ever watched wagon after wagon of a goods train thunder past and wondered where it is heading, what it is carrying, and how it works its way between the passenger services? While goods services now tend to be shrouded in anonymity, in past times they were celebrated, prominently advertised, and in many cases were the raisons d'être for a rail route. Throughout the nineteenth and much of the twentieth century, goods trains were the lifeblood of the nation, transporting precious raw materials, construction and industrial items, and fresh produce from coastal areas and farms into the centres of bustling cities. This informative illustrated history shows how rail freight has been carried since Victorian times, and how systems have been organized, from the train itself to the sidings, railway clearing houses, goods sheds and final destinations – whether villages, towns, cities, factories or docks. It also examines the basic rolling stock of these trains, from the humble coal wagon to today's hi-tech containers.
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The Western Region of British Railways has always held a special appeal for railway modellers. Formed in 1948, the Western Region carried on the traditions of The Great Western Railway more or less unchallenged until the regions were abolished in the 1990s. Modelling the Western Region provides all the advice you need to model your own railway layout based on this fascinating region and era. This book considers the historical background of the Western Region; it reviews available ready-to-run and kit-built steam and diesel motive power; explains Western Region signalling practice; discusses rolling stock typically used on the Western Region and, finally, provides practical suggestions for branch and main line layouts. An essential reference book, fully illustrated with 203 colour, 46 black and white photographs and 19 illustrations, for all modellers of all abilities and in any scale, who wish to model the Western Region.
'As a distinguished railway historian [Gordon Biddle] has brought his prolific knowledge and incomparable experience to bear in offering us a railway compendium through which we can recognise, understand and value the outstanding legacy of this railway that is ours.'Sir Neil Cossons, Chairman of English HeritageWhen we think of railways we think of romance and adventure, we think of pioneers, inventors, long-distance travel, holidays, and partings. Our fascination with railways goes back to Victorian times, when rail travel, a revolutionary concept at the time, caught the imagination of a generation ofdesigners, architects, and builders. The legacy the Victorians left behind is vast and can still be seen today all over England, Scotland, and Wales, in the buildings that they built; the stations, from the city to the country; the railway hotels; the signal boxes; the engine and goods sheds; the bridges, viaducts, and tunnels; and thecrossing-keeper's cottages.Twenty years ago 400 railway buildings were either listed or scheduled, now this number is over 2,000. Some of these buildings are now no longer used by the rail industry, their individual histories in themselves interesting, but the majority are still part of the working railway, both the greats,from St Pancras to the Forth Bridge, and forgotten gems, from Elstob accommodation bridge in County Durham to Knucklas viaduct in Central Wales. With the speed of modern train travel, how often do we take the time to appreciate their rich architectural heritage? Unique especially in its illustrative detail, Britain's Historic Railway Buildings provides a comprehensive record of this legacy, from London and the South East to Northern Scotland. Eleven highly-illustrated regional chapters take a fascinating architectural journey along Britain's vast railwaynetwork stopping at over 2,300 structures and sites along the way. The pictorial archive that supplements the text, much of which has never before been published, offers the reader the chance to view the whole range of these outstanding landmarks. Each regional chapter also begins with a detailedmap of the area and a short introductory essay. Each entry within the chapters outlines designers, opening and (where applicable) closing dates and current usage, listing of scheduling information, Ordinance Survey grid reference, history, construction, significant highlights, and relativeimportance in railway history, including contributions - beneficial and adverse - to local environments. To complement the eleven regional chapters, the Gazetteer offers a wealth of additional material. At the front of the book there is a detailed survey of the evolution of structures such as stations, warehouses, and signal boxes; methods of building bridges, viaducts, and tunnels; the great railwayhotels; forgotten buildings such as engine sheds; railway towns and housing; building materials and where they came from. The statutory listing and scheduling process is also explained. At the back of the book there is a detailed record of lost buildings of importance and interest and also analphabetical collection of mini-biographical sketches of the more important railway engineers and architects. An illustrated glossary of architectural terms, a select bibliography, and an index of people are also included at the back of the book. 'The events of October 2001 when Railtrack was placed in Administration and the subsequent deluge of media coverage has almost stifled any opportunity for good news about railways in the United Kingdom. Yet good news does exist, particularly in relation to railway heritage, including buildings,bridges and other structures.'Jim Cornell, Executive Director, The Railway Heritage Trust, Annual Report, October 2002.
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This guide covers the northern counties of England, from the border with Scotland to the southern extremities of South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside - as well as the Isle of Man. It describes the many examples of these regions' civil engineering heritage: the best of many types of structure; works which played a major role in development of these areas; and those which achieve some special aesthetic qualtiy.