The Industrial Railways of Bolton, Bury and the Manchester Coalfield - Part 1 - Bolton and Bury, by C.H.A Townley, C.A. Appleton, F.D. Smith and J.A. Peden
Published by Runpast in 1994, 206 pages. Hardback - c.17.5cm by 25cm (N6064)
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From the front inside fly leaf: This book traces the development of the private railway systems in Bolton, Bury, Radcliffe, Clifton and Kearsley, from the short horse worked tramroads of the early nineteenth century through to the almost complete demise of rail hauled freight traffic in the 1990s.
There are sections dealing with the firms at Bolton and Bury which engaged in locomotive construction and a chapter is devoted to the growth and decline of the canals and public railways serving the district. It.... provides much that is of interest to the industrial archaeologist as well as to the railway specialist. To understand the development of the private railway systems, it is necessary to know something of the history of the firms which they served, and there is a wealth of information, particularly about the coal industry. For those who wish to undertake further and more detailed research of their own, a comprehensive list of references has been provided.