A History of the London & Birmingham Railway, Volume 1 - Euston to Bletchley, by Peter Richards and Bill Simpson
Book published by Lamplight in 2004, 160 pages. Large A4 size softback (N4882)
Brand New Book
The authors have combined their considerable knowledge of railway history to produce this fascinating and detailed book on the first main trunk line out of London, and volume one concentrates on the stretch between Euston and Bletchley.
The informative text is supported by around 200 illustrations including lots of black and white photographs, maps, diagrams and timetables, and the book is undobtedly a must read/reference for anyone interested in the history of this essential route.
From the rear side cover: The London & Birmingham Railway (along with the Grand Junction Railway north of Birmingham) formed the first main line to the north from London. They were both constructed in the early years of railway development, with little more than man, horse and dynamite to build them, and as with the canal before it, the L&BR had some difficult situations to overcome both in politics and terrain. But with the tremendous engineering genius of Robert Stephenson (who was engineer for the line), it was successfully completed and opened throughout in 1838, taking only 4 years!
The progress of the construction of the line, and its opening and operation is covered with copious illustrations, maps and disgrams. After only 8 years the line became part of the London & North Western Railway which itself lasted for 77 years. This saw it grow to become part of that great edifice known as the West Coast Main Line...
Please note their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.