Day the Trains Came by Helen Simpson Herefordshire Railways Soft Cover
Day the Trains Came by Helen J Simpson
The Herefordshire Railways : the People who Built Them and who Rejoiced when They Arrived
Chapter One The Railway Age as it nears Herefordshire1
Before the railways, the Coaches, Canals and Wye Navigation. The forming of the Shrewsbury and Hereford Railway Co, The carriages, station buffet and Barrs Court Station. Profile of Thomas Brassey and his navvies.
Chapter Two The Railway Lines approach Hereford32
The navvies' customs. Work on Dinmore Tunnel. Leominster welcomes the age of steam. Morton-on-Lugg Railway Station. Profile of Sir Robert Price and the Newport, Abergavenny & Hereford Railway Co.
Chapter Three The Celebrations60
Steam comes to Hereford. The Great Railway Fete. The Dawning of the Day, The Grand Banquet. Navvies' Dinner etc. The Full Dress Ball and General Ball.
Chapter Four To the South78
The Hereford, Ross & Gloucester Railway. Sir Frederic Burrows, Ross & Monmouth Railway. The Wye Tour by the Woolhope Club.
Chapter FiveTo the East89
The Worcester & Hereford Railway. Profile of Stephen Ballard. Profile of the Lady Emily Foley.
Chapter SixThe Branch Lines109
The four Kington railways. Worcester, Bromyard & Leominster Railway. The Hereford, Hay & Brecon Railway. Kilvert's Railways, and The Golden Valley Railway.
1. Thomas Brassey (1805-1870): the international railway contractor. From Life and Labours of Mr Brassey by Arthur Helps, Bell & Daldy, 1872.
2. The Roadside Inn: watercolour by Thomas Rowlandson, 1824. (By permission of the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester)
3. Lady Cornewall cutting the first sod of the Golden Valley Railway, August, 1876. (Hereford & Worcester Library Services)
4. Stephen Ballard. (County Records Office)
5. Sir Robert Price, Bart. M. P. Print by H. Millchamp from a painting by J. W. Hodge. (Hereford & Worcester Library Services)
6. The celebrations at the Grand Banquet - Shire Hall, Hereford. From an original drawing by J. Skinner-Clifton, 6th December, 1853. (The Hereford Times - 10th December, 1853)
7. The 'baron of beef' showing the dais at the Banquet in the Shire Hall. (Illustrated London News, 1853)
8. a) The Hereford Old Market Hall, painted by Paul Bradon (From the author's collection, reproduced by Derek Foxton)
b) The scene of the General Ball - The Old Market Hall, after the top storey had been removed in 1817. (From the author's collection, reproduced by Derek Foxton)
9. The Lady Emily Foley 1805-1900. (Engraving by F. Stacpoole from a painting by F. Grant)
10. a) Navvies working on the embankment cutting, 1861 (County Records Office)
b) Working on the Ledbury viaduct, 1861 (County Records Office)
11. a) Hereford & Worcester Railway Company engineering staff with Stephen and Robert Ballard, 1861. (County Records Office)
b) Railway staff at Withington Station, 1861. (County Records Office)
12. Navvies travelling to work on the Hereford & Worcester line, 1861. (County Records Office)
13. Gipsy Lass at the first Great Malvern Station. (County Records Office)
14. Barton Station, 1863. (Hereford & Worcester Library Services)
15. Barrs Court Station, c. 1904. (By permission of Judges Postcards Ltd, photograph from the Derek Foxton collection)
16. The Lady Emily Foley (aged 92 years), August 1897. (Hereford & Worcester Library Services)
ON THE BACK COVER
Before the railways came, Hereford was truly isolated. Helen J. Simpson tells the fascinating story of the coming of the railways on this rural part of England in the middle years of the last century. These years showed an astonishing proliferation of railway enterprise: The Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway; The Newport, Abergavenny & Hereford Railway; The Hereford, Ross & Gloucester Railway; The Worcester & Hereford Railway, together with numerous branch lines. Sad to say, these local railways are now part of Herefordshire's past and our heritage is the wealth of tales and experiences which their creation has left behind. This book offers a ticket to the past.
The story of the railways brings to life a range of colourful characters. There are tales of a crooked railway contractor, a baronet Member of Parliament who was declared bankrupt, a Duke's daughter who demanded, and was given, her own private waiting room at Great Malvern station.
Nearer our own time come the tales of the people who kept the lines running during the war - one line was the means of saving the lives of wounded American soldiers, carrying survivors from Dunkirk to the hospital camp at Kington. But soon the decline of the branch lines began. By the 1960s many of the lines laid by those hardworking navvies were overgrown and the neatly kept little stations just a memory.
Helen J. Simpson was born in Hereford and lives in the north of the county at Burton Court, a 14th century historic house. She is a
regular contributor to many national magazines and television programmes and to the Hereford Times on topics of food history and
local subjects of interest. Her previous book was The Burton Court Recipes - English Food from Herefordshire.
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