Easingwold Railway by KE Hartley revised by RN Redman Locomotion Papers 46
Easingwold Railway by KE Hartley revised by RN Redman Locomotion Papers 46
Easingwold Railway by KE Hartley revised by RN Redman Locomotion Papers 46
Easingwold Railway by KE Hartley revised by RN Redman Locomotion Papers 46
Easingwold Railway by KE Hartley revised by RN Redman Locomotion Papers 46

Easingwold Railway by KE Hartley revised by RN Redman Locomotion Papers 46

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Easingwold Railway by KE Hartley revised by RN Redman Locomotion Papers 46
 
Easingwold Railway by KE Hartley revised by RN Redman Locomotion Papers 46
Soft Cover
80 pages
Copyright 1991
CONTENTS
Acknowledgements 3
Foreword  7
Chapter One  Introduction and Historical  9
Chapter Two  The Railway Described 17
Chapter Three   Locomotives 31
Chapter Four   Rolling Stock  39
Chapter Five   Services and Operation  43
Chapter Six   The Last Decade  55
Chapter Seven   Personalities  58
Chapter Eight   From Closure to the Present Day 61
Appendix One   Extracts from Directors' Reports  65
Appendix Two    Notes on Tickets  68
Appendix Three   Notes on the Building Drawings  69
Bibliography 79
Index  80
FOREWORD
To be asked to edit a new enlarged edition of Ken Hartley's 1970 history of the Easingwold Railway is a pleasure tinged with a little sadness. Ken was the doyen of Yorkshire's minor railway historians and apart from numerous articles, completed four detailed histories before his death in 1984 at the age of 77.
At the time of the first edition it was the first detailed coverage of this delightful 21/2 mile long railway byway, a true pioneer of the standard gauge light railway and often referred to as `England's shortest standard gauge passenger line'.
In its planning and construction, the far-sighted sponsors shrewdly anticipated by some years, the Light Railways Act of 1896. Indeed, during the passage through Parliament of this Bill, the Easingwold Railway was prominently before the Committee, and its operation closely studied. Moreover, unlike a number of light railways later constructed under the Act, the Easingwold Railway was, on the whole, a reasonably successful financial undertaking. Although it finally had to close - after outliving almost all other small independent standard gauge lines in the country - this was largely brought about by changing trends in transport and the vast development of road haulage, changes which have also seriously affected railways in many other parts of the world.
'The Easingwold' was not a spectacular railway, but when it closed it left behind a proud record of 66 years of honest service to the community, and an abiding affection among those who knew it. There are still many people who recall the little railway, and regret its disappearance - nor are they all `railway enthusiasts'.
Ken's long association with the line went back to 1913, when at the age of 12 his father introduced him to engine No. 2. This first contact must have made quite an impression for in 1921 he walked from York to Alne to join the train. This was probably the most memorable of countless visits for, to quote his own words, `after haunting the station and staff at Easingwold most of the afternoon, I returned on the 3 pm train to Alne, when the driver Jack Morse invited me into the cab of No. 2, while he went over to the goods yard to pick up some wagons for the return trip to Easingwold. This my very first ride on a locomotive, was a thrill indeed'.
He went on to recall his first meeting with the late Mr G.H. Coates the line's long serving Secretary and Manager, in 1930, `When I told him that I had set off in pouring rain at 5 am from Elland for a round trip by cycle of 110 miles, expressly to visit and photograph the railway, he became very interested and co-operative and suggested riding the train one way and walking back along the track so that I should see everything of interest'.
Right up to the very end of the railway, Ken made regular visits by cycle, scooter and train to sketch, photograph and just soak up the atmosphere - the following text is testimony to his research and enthusiasm.
Ronald Nelson Redman Horsforth, Leeds November 1990


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