Branch Lines Into the Eighties by Quayle & Jenkins
Branch Lines Into the Eighties by Quayle & Jenkins
Branch Lines Into the Eighties by Quayle & Jenkins
Branch Lines Into the Eighties by Quayle & Jenkins
Branch Lines Into the Eighties by Quayle & Jenkins
Branch Lines Into the Eighties by Quayle & Jenkins

Branch Lines Into the Eighties by Quayle & Jenkins

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Branch Lines Into the Eighties by Quayle & Jenkins
 
Branch Lines Into the Eighties
H.I. Quayle and Stanley C. Jenkins
Hard Cover
96 pages
Copyright  1980

Contents
Introduction5
Acknowledgements6
The branches:
St Ives7
Falmouth9
Newquay10
Looe13
Gunnislake15
Exmouth16
Barnstaple19
Severn Beach22
Henley-on-Thames25
Bourne End and Marlow27
Windsor (WR)30
Greenford Loop32
Lymington35
Isle of Wight37
Addiscombe39
Bromley North41
Sheerness42
Chesham43
Aldwych46
Woodford-Hainault46
Epping-Ongar48
East London Line49
Romford-Upminster-Grays51
Southminster54
Braintree56
Sudbury58
Harwich Town60
Felixstowe63
Cromer and Sheringham66
Whitby70
Bishop Auckland72
Clayton West74
Croxley Green (LMR)76
Watford-St Albans Abbey78
Stourbridge Town82
Blaenau Ffestiniog83
Sinfin-Derby-Matlock87
Blackpool South90
Windermere92
Bibliography95

INTRODUCTION
For more than a century until the 1960s the branch railway line played a major part in rural life, providing a vital means of transport to towns and villages bypassed by the major trunk routes. Each had its own distinctive character, for with wide variations in setting, architectural styles, traffic, motive power and rolling stock, no two were alike. Some were short, some were long; some were dead ends while others were linked with neighbouring lines to form through cross-country routes. Although opinions may differ one might argue that a classic country branch had at least some of the following attributes: stretches of single track, a virtually self-contained train service usually entailing a change at a junction, picturesque stations with delightful buildings and always an immaculately kept station garden, sometimes the bare minimum of facilities for handling goods traffic but almost certainly a cattle pen, milk traffic despatched in churns, and signalling, if provided at all, more of the vintage than modern. Then there was the friendly staff, who gave these lines so much of an atmosphere of their own, where time was not of the essence, in complete contrast to the rush and bustle of busy suburban networks or Inter-City routes. In those days one could, for example, still travel through the Lake District via Keswick and Bassenthwaite Lake, saunter through East Anglia to Framlingham, take a trip through the bleak Welsh hills between Carmarthen and Aberystwyth, or enjoy a secure ride along the rugged coast north of Scarborough. The Westerham branch was quite unlike that to Swanage, while, despite more standardisation of motive power and rolling stock on Great Western branch trains, the Kingsbridge branch could not be mistaken for that to Henley-on-Thames, for each was so totally individualistic.


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