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Stenlake Publishing - The Saffron Walden Branch

The Saffron Walden Branch

Author : Peter Paye
ISBN : 9780853612025
Cover : paperback
Price : £18.95

The Saffron Walden branch traversed the undulating countryside formed by the East Anglian Heights in the picturesque north west corner of Essex. The by-passing of the town by the Eastern Counties Railway Cambridge main line forced local businessmen to engender their own railway but the Saffron Walden Railway branch had a perilous infancy and was soon in receivership. The line was taken over by the Great Eastern Railway but the desired use of the line as a through route to Suffolk failed to materialise. During the two world wars the line played a minor but essential role in the defence of the country. Despite the influx of commuters to London and Cambridge from the late 1950s the line closed in 1964.

The Saffron Walden Branch
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