Banbury and the Branch Line to Verney Junction - The Final Years, by Bill Simpson
Book published by Lamplight in 2005, 64 pages. Large A4 size softback (N4877)
Brand New Book
This book is a fascinating pictorial history of the Banbury to Verney Junction railway from the 1950's onwards, and includes photographs of the stations, signalling sheds, steam and diesel locomotives, rolling stock, and much more!
From the rear side cover: This collection of photographs portrays Banbury and the branch to Bletchley as an illustrated view of the final years. In 1960 the branch appeared, along with many others, as the withering shoots of a railway that had been a part of the Victorian flourish of lines that seemed to reach every corner of the country. To forestall this in 1956 it was chosen as part of an experiment of using a single unit diesel railcar which proved fascinating as a very early utilisation of these cars. However, the experiment only delayed the inevitable and it closed on the last day of 1960 for passengers.
Since then evidence of it has receded further, so that only a few bridges and culverts remain. As it passes from living memory this pictorial recollection will help retain a definitive record of its existence with the larger format allowing much better use of photographs.
Please note their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.