The Bedford to Hitchin Railway, by Peter Waylett
Book published by Lamplight, 96 pages. Large A4 size softback (N5049)
From the rear side cover: Every railway draws its own unique profile compiled from the period of its service to the community. The Bedford - Hitchin line began as the main line access for the Midland Railway to London Kings Cross. This chnaged when the Midland opened their own main line from Bedford to St Pancras in 1868.
The line then continued as a secondary route alternative with its very attractive stations set in the countryside of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. The uniqueness comes in the area of aeronatics. The hangers at Cardington bear witness to the history of Britain's airship development housing R100 and the ill fated R101. Thousands of servicemen would ride its rails to the RAF establishment of Henlow Camp, apprehensive arrivals and euphoric departures on the regular leave trains.
The reader will find many evocative stories and illustrations compiled regarding these aspects by the author.... reflecting on railway line that was affectionately used for many years.
Packed full with black and white photographs, chapters include: The Bedford Hitchin Line, Cardington, Southill, Shefford, Henlow, Hitchin, Farewell to the Bedford Hitchin Line December 29 1961, Memories of the Line, and A New Railway Age?
The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has some minor scuffs, and light wear along the top edge, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.