Railways in West Yorkshire, by Alan J Haigh, subtitled 'Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Huddersfield and the West Riding - An illustrated general history of the railways in the West Riding from the grouping to the present time'
Published by Xpress, 80 pages. Large A4 size softback (N4788P1)
From the introduction: This book deals with the history of the railways of the West Riding and the network that surrounded Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford and Huddersfield.
Although built on coal and designed principally for the movements of goods and minerals in very large quantities, the West Riding operated a very tightly knit service of passenger trains which ranged from London express to Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston to smoke blackened locals which connected Leeds and Bradford. On the east west axis, expresses from Newcastle to Liverpool rubbed shoulders with a variety of cross country stopping trains via both Huddersfield and Sowerby Bridge.
Whilst most operating energies were devoted to coal and goods traffic, modernisation of the passenger services was not neglected and the area was only the second in the country to introduce the diesel multiple unit when diesel services were inaugurated between Leeds and Bradford in 1955.
The book looks at these and many other aspects of the passenger services in details and follows the thread of development from the time of the grouping to the present day. Chapters include:
- Growth of the network 1834-1902
- Pre-grouping train services 1902-1922
- The Big Four companies 1923-1947
- Nationalisation and cut backs 1948-1967
- The start of resurgence 1968-1973
- Into the PTE era 1974-1993
- Rail privatisation 1994-2011
- Stations at Batley, Bradford, Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield and Wakefield
- Track and infrastructure
- Motive power depots
- Future plans
- Appendices, including patronage of stations, railway company abreviations, opening dates of local railways, the Beeching report, renamed stations, new railway stations opened post 1923, station opening and closure dates, and rail freight.
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The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. The book has very light waving to the inside pages throughout, and a small price sticker on the rear side cover