The District Controller's View - North Cornwall, subtitled 'Okehampton - Wadebridge - Padstow, Haliwell Junction - Bude, Wadebridge - Bodmin - Bodmin Road, Launceston - Plymouth, Bere Alston - Callington, Yeoford - Tavistock - Plymouth, Train and Traffic Operations on a 1961 Summer Saturday, including Full Working Timetable (Passenger, Goods and Trip Workings), Engine and Crews Diagrams, Carriage Workings and Locomotive Allocations 1950-60'
Published by Xpress, 92 pages. Large A4 size softback (N5946)
From the rear side cover: Six hours from London, North Cornwall was one of the most distant main lines in England and for a sense of the remote vied with the Cambrian or West Highland of Scotland. It was also one of the last routes in Britain where runs of two hours and more behind a 4-4-0 were still the norm: T9 Greyhounds rubbing shoulders with West Country light Pacifies and N 2-6-0's as each class took its share of the main line traffic. This book chronicles the events of a typical steam Summer Saturday explaining what took place and why plus with a wealth of detail about many components that were required to operate the line. The compilers believe that this book is probably the detailed work of its kind on the working and operations of the North Cornwall line.
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The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. The book curves gently upwards along the left and right hand edges from where it has been stored flat on the shelves, and there is a small price sticker on the rear side cover