The Light Railway King of the North, by A.L. Barnett
Book published by the Railway and Canal Historical Society in 1992, 112 pages. Softback (N5083)
From the rear side cover: Railway development has witnessed many individual talents applied to a multitude of schemes, large and small. This study is of Sebastian Meyer, an entrepreneur involved in the creation and operation of a network of minor and secondary lines in the North East of England from the 1880s onwards.
Among the dozen or so light railways promoted by Meyer were the Dearne Valley, Isle of Axholme, North Lindsey and North Sunderland. Some were successful, and some still survive, but others were not and are now just a memory in the railway history of the North East.
Dr Barnett reveals the circles within which Meyer moved; how they obtained finance and the necessary legislation; their often stormy relations with the larger companies; and their uphill struggles to stave off bankruptcy. This is the study of a fully rounded character, for Meyer still found time to play an active part in other business and civic affairs. A splendid picture is revealed based on original research and is worthy of a place in the records of British social and railway history. Chapters include:
- The East and West Yorkshire Union Railways
- The North Sunderland Railway
- The Cawood, Wistow and Selby Light Railway
- The Dearne Valley Railway
- The Brackenhill Light Railway and the Yorkshire District Light Railway Syndicate
- The Axholme Light Railways
- The Tickhill Light Railway
- The North Lindsey Light Railways and the Leeds Contract Company
- and more!
The condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has some very minor scuffs, and some light wear along the edges, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover