Four Main Lines by Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1950 225 pages indexed British
Four Main Lines by Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1950 225 pages indexed British
Four Main Lines by Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1950 225 pages indexed British
Four Main Lines by Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1950 225 pages indexed British
Four Main Lines by Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1950 225 pages indexed British
Four Main Lines by Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1950 225 pages indexed British

Four Main Lines by Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1950 225 pages indexed British

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Four Main Lines by Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1950 225 pages indexed British
 
Four Main Lines By Hamilton Ellis
Hard cover 223 pages
Copyright 1950

CONTENTS
Page
PREFACE5
Prologue9
PART I
Chapter
I. Euston15
2. The Road to Merrie Carlisle22
3. The Caley3o
4. Buries, Bloomers and Dunalastairs41
5. Coming and Passing of the L.M.S.53
PART II
6. East Coast Build-Up67
7. The Great Bridges and the Waverley82
8. Of Mr. Sturrock's Dream and its Fulfilment go
g. From the Atlantic to the Pacific102
PART III
1o. Broad-Gauge Glory119
I1. The Gooch Heritage139
12. Of Cornishmen and Kings151
PART IV
13. Parsons and Prawns167
54. Waterloo and the Rest188
15. Heyday of Nine Elms194
16. From Drummond to Bulleid206

ILLUSTRATIONS
IN COLOUR FROM THE AUTHOR'S OIL PAINTINGS
I. The Old Caley : West Coast Express near Abington
in 1882frontispiece
2. Midsummer Dawn : The Night Scot in the Lune
Valleyfacing page 45
3. The Royal Crampton : An East Coast express
near Dunbar in 185177
4. Between the Welwyn Tunnels : An East
Coast express in the Nineties93
5. The Stately Days of Dean : Down Bristol express between Corsham and Box in 1897
6. Below Bodmin Moor : Penzance-Paddington express approaching Menheniot in the 1930's
7. Victorian Glory : Up Plymouth express between Bridestowe and Meldon in the seventies
8. The Honiton Climb : West of England express

Preface:
Since the British railways became BRITISH RAILWAYS, necessity has compelled us to consider their components separately. To say that you are travelling to Scotland by British Railways is simply to say that you arc not going by road, sea or air. To say that you are travelling thither in the London Midland Region is ambiguous and still inadequate. You must specify West Coast or Midland. The Western Region now contains the Southern lines west of Exeter ; and the Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth, infer alia, has gone into the Southern Region. A murrain on your Regions ! So we come, once again, as in the days of yore, to think of the different main lines and branches as entities, and to call them by their old names. Further, we might perpetuate older, more particular names, such as Shrewsbury and Hereford, Somerset and Dorset, and Portsmouth Direct. How perfectly self-explanatory they are ! So are East Coast, West Coast, Great Western and South Western. So in all respect to our Railway Executive, let these concise and often very beautiful names survive !
The parts of the book that follows do not compose a standard text. I have tried rather to give miniature portraits of the lines concerned and of the trains that ran on them. With the third and fourth, the Great Western and the South Western, you may notice a more intimate approach, in places, than that given to the two giants preceding. They are not such long lines, and in each case, at least in later history, only one company was concerned at a time. I could therefore give less space to them than to the others. But would I ? Oh no, reader ! How could anyone do so, who had grown up on one of them with the other for a neighbour ? One seemed beautiful, in far-off days, and the other one funny, both endearing qualities. So if the dehydrated history of Great Northern, North Eastern, North British, and London and North Eastern be sometimes indigestible, if the pudding of West Coast constituents wax heavy, turn to the Great Western, and with it, your author's own ghost train ; turn to the South Western, and meet the baby who loved a T 9 ! For (let me risk it after all) this book has been written for those who love such things.
PROLOGUE
A GOOD many years ago, the Publicity Department of the Crown Colony of Bermuda, in showing reason why people should make holiday or retire there, proudly claimed that the isle was untrammelled by railways. One could settle down there (given indispensable private means) with a pony and a nice little equipage, contemplate the coral strand, keep a pet iguana, and live happily ever after without seeing anything remotely resembling a train. But why ? Places fairly remote from a railway were one proposition. One could be very happy for a while in further Sutherland or Wester Ross, where a ride of forty odd miles, in a motor van that always made the girls very sick, was yet rewarded by the glorious spectacle of the night mail from the south rolling into Lairg, perhaps a couple of hours or so behind time, headed by Ben Clebrig and Skibo Castle in superb tandem. But quite another thing was an island home where the nearest railway was, apparently, the Norfolk and Western in Virginia, about 800 miles away across a desert of blue water and drifting Sargasso weed. In the end, even Bermuda thought twice about being untrammelled, and built a dainty little line worked by motor trains.
What a lovely thing is a railway ! Just as there is beauty in the Pool and the docks of London; in the tamed and disciplined Clyde with its great shipyards; yea, in the sadly filthy Tyne, so is there a grim splendour in even the gloomiest railway station. It is hard to imagine less promising spots than the stations of Crewe, or Willesden Junction, or Glasgow Queen. Street, yet how grand are these places in their smoke-shrouded life ! It is almost physically impossible to build a really ugly ship *-the tanker Delphinula, if she is still afloat under another name, might come near qualifying -and so it is with the most gaunt and uncouth locomotives (really frightful ones such as one sees loafing across the Hungarian Plain or creaking southwards through the Vale of Tempe). They remain creations most superb.


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