Forgotten Railways Chilterns and Cotswolds by Davies &. Grant w/ dust jacket
Forgotten Railways Chilterns and Cotswolds by Davies &. Grant w/ dust jacket
Forgotten Railways Chilterns and Cotswolds by Davies &. Grant w/ dust jacket
Forgotten Railways Chilterns and Cotswolds by Davies &. Grant w/ dust jacket
Forgotten Railways Chilterns and Cotswolds by Davies &. Grant w/ dust jacket

Forgotten Railways Chilterns and Cotswolds by Davies &. Grant w/ dust jacket

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Forgotten Railways Chilterns and Cotswolds by Davies &. Grant w/ dust jacket
 
Forgotten Railways Chilterns and Cotswolds R. Davies and M. D. Grant
Hardbound with dustcover
256 pages
Copyright 1975, 1984

This is the second and substantially-revised edition of a popular book reflecting almost a decade of further change.
Within the Forgotten Railways series, this book aims to give a readable account including history, working and atmosphere of the abandoned railways north of London and south of Birmingham, broadly bounded by the Chiltern Hills and their southern slopes forming the London Green Belt, and the Cotswold Hills with their continuation northeastwards into the Northamptonshire uplands. It does not attempt to be exhaustive in its coverage but rather to portray the most interesting facets of selected lines within the area. The original publication stimulated interest in these railways and several detailed studies have appeared since, but this popular volume remains the best introduction. It vividly records the lines' lives and times, their traffic and curiosities, as well as their building, closure and remains.
Against the background of the area and the pattern of railway development, a representative selection of the many types of line, ranging from branch to cross country and even main lines to be found within it, has been described in seven geographical areas. A final chapter considers the need for and the construction of the Great Central Railway London Extension and features Woodford Halse, a focal point of the Extension.
To provide a guide to the remaining features of interest for those visiting the lines and the detailed information about each line that would otherwise intrude on the narrative, a comprehensive gazetteer is included and the account is illustrated by detailed maps, and photographs of lines in their heyday and since closure.

Contents
page
List of Plates7
Foreword to the Second Edition9
IntroductionI I
1 London: Northern Heights and Green Belt17
2 The Chiltern Foothills42
3The Vale of Aylesbury77
4 The Ouse Basin109
5 The Northampton Uplands129
6 The Vale of Evesham149
7 The Nene and Welland Valleys162
8 The Great Central Railway184
Gazetteer208
Bibliography240
Acknowledgements248
Index250

LIST OF PLATES
page
Blakesley Hall Miniature Railway 1914 (H. J. Patterson
Rutherford)I o6
Kineton Station (V. R. Webster Collection)I o6
Sarsden Halt and Signal box (D. Thompson)123
Adderbury Station 1972 (R. Davies)123
171 at Broom Junction 1949 (H. C. Casserley)124
Goods at Evesham Midland Station c196o (Rev A. W. V.
Mace)124
GWR Bearley branch train at Alcester c1901 (M. D.
Grant Collection)141
61 oo6 Blackbuck at Oundle 1957 (Ian L. Wright)141
Uppingham Terminus c 1900 (V. R. Anderson Collection)142
Uppingham Terminus 196o (P. H. Wells)142
Market Harborough LNWR station (1. H. Brown Collect-
tion)159
Woodford & Hinton 1896 (R. Davies Collection)159
46125 coasting into Brackley Central (P. H. Wells)i6o
Up Master Cutler leaving Rugby (Rev A. W. V. Mace)16o

Introduction
For many, it is impossible to view railway closures without some degree of regret or sadness. Yet, at the same time, it is essential to accept that change is necessary and that the solution adopted for rural transport needs in the nineteenth century does not of necessity suffice today. Whereas, prior to the construction of branch lines there was very low mobility for rural dwellers, the arrival of the railway heralded new opportunities for the population to reach the expanding urban areas and supply them with food and raw materials.
The area covered by this book is in this respect no exception for there developed within it an extensive railway network. Competition, however, first arose during the 1920S with the widespread introduction of rural bus services with their greater flexibility and cheaper operation and, since World War II, the growth of car ownership and wider availability of goods vehicles was bound drastically to reduce railway usage and cause many secondary and branch routes to close.
The aim of this book has, therefore, been to attempt to recapture the spirit of the railway era in this area before it is too late. Lines which once served almost unknown villages and quiet country townships deserve to be remembered before they fade too far into history, though lack of space necessitates a policy of deliberate selectivity. Not all closed lines in the area are therefore covered, while the accounts of those included attempt only to recall the more interesting and unusual events which occurred in the life of the lines.
As a first step it is necessary to define the area in geographical terms. Primarily it takes in most of the South Midlands, but definition presents some difficulties as its boundaries merge almost imperceptibly with surrounding areas. Unlike more readily distinguishable areas such as East Anglia or the West Country, this region cannot be so easily categorised, although it has common characteristics running through its constituent counties which bind it into a whole. For the purposes of this book, the region comprises the former County of Middlesex and the Counties of Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Hereford & Worcester and Oxfordshire, together with the fringes of some of the counties which surround these.
To discern the original purpose of railway construction it is not only necessary to consider the financial aspects of railway promotion but, sometimes more important, to relate the physical and economic geography of sub-areas to the various schemes. The region has, therefore, been split into sub-divisions which are based mainly upon the physical landscape. Some of these sub-divisions may seem somewhat contrived as it is unfortunately not always easy to define a single geographical area. In cases where lines cross boundaries into neighbouring areas they have been included in the region to which they seemed most logically to belong.


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