Railway Districts Illustrated (No.2), Carstairs, Beattock - Law Junction
Published by Xpress, 88 pages. Rectangular Paperback - 17cm by 24cm (N4787P2)
Brand New Book
This book is a fascinating pictoruial account of the steam railways in and around Carstairs, focussing on the Beattock to Law Junction line, and is packed full with black and white photographs showing steam locomotives, carriages and stations, as well as disgrams and charts containing information on the route, signalling, and much more!
From the first page: To many northbound passengers Carstairs was the boundary between the hilly wilderness of the Southern Uplands and the industrial dynamism of the Central Lowlands. The 73 mile journey from Carlisle contained little of operational interest other than Beattock and the sight of the yards, junctions, station and shed at Carstairs suggested that the moorlands were about to be replaced by an altogether more dynamic enviroment.
In spite of its role as the junction for Edinburgh, Glasgow and Lanrak, Carstairs was not an especially large station and consisted of no more than alarge island platform from which services to Glasgow and Lanark departed to the North and those to Edinburgh and Carlisle from the South. It also served as the junction for Perth and Aberdeen although the actual route divergence took place at Mothwell, 16 miles towards Glasgow.
Carstairs principal passenger role was to provide connections between West Coast main line (WCML) and Edinburgh - there were 14 trains to and from Princes Street - together with most of the engines for the eight daily Lanark - Glasgow central services...
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