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Stenlake Publishing - The Railways of Newark-on-Trent

The Railways of Newark-on-Trent

Author : Michael A. Vanns
ISBN : 9780853615323
Cover : hardback
Price : £19.95

In 1852, the Great Northern Railway, opening an important section of its main line between London and Doncaster, crossed the Midland Railway’s 1846 branch between Nottingham and Lincoln on the level just north of Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire. The resultant inconvenient ‘flat’ crossing became, and would continue to remain for the next few years, one of the most emotive symbols of the intense and almost unfettered rivalry between Britain’s fiercely independent Victorian railway companies. This rivalry and the effect of the small Midlands market town including its surrounding area is at the heart of this book. From the earliest railway plans of the 1830s through to the recent revival of passenger services, the events of the past 150 years make a fascinating story. There is a wealth of information mostly from primary sources in this comprehensive local history, and the majority of illustrations have never been published before.

For the past 21 years the author has worked as a curator at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in Shropshire, and is currently their Head of Education. He was born and brought up in Newark and a number of his relatives worked on the railways locally. This firsthand experience of railways in his home town has led to a life-long interest in railway history.

A5 format, 256 pages, around 200 illustrations.

The Railways of Newark-on-Trent