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Light Railways in England and Wales By Peter Bosley

Light Railways in England and Wales by Peter Bosley

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Summary

An analytical approach to the development of the light railways before the Light Railways Act of 1896, placing this form of railway expansion in the context of the financial problems experienced by the railway industry generally.

Light Railways in England and Wales Summary

Light Railways in England and Wales by Peter Bosley

The light railway movement, particulary after the Light Railways Act of 1896, saw the extension of railways into some of the most remote parts of Britain. However, the timing of the Act was unfortunate, coinciding as it did with the beginning of the age of motor tranport. Many light railways, unable to compete, despite being the last to be built were the first to succumb. Others, however, have survived in the hands of enthusiasts. The study traces the development of light railways before the Act placing this form of railway expansion in the context of the financial problems experienced by the railway industry generally. An assessment is made of the impact of light railways on the areas which they served together with the overall impact of road transport. Railway histories have too often been characterized by a concentration on description of locomotives and installations. Basley's book provides the analytical approach. Use is made of primary material, with the bare bones of the Railway Returns supplemented by statistical material relevant to individual companies. This work will therefore be of interest to railway enthusiast and historian alike.

Table of Contents

Why light railways?; the Light Railways Act; light railways in theory; light railways in practice; the railways in operation I; the railways in operation II; road competition and the decline of light railways. Appendices: light railway orders - the first ten years; "light railway and tramway journal" questionnaire; the association of smaller railway companies; branch line economies.

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GOR004601437
9780719017582
0719017580
Light Railways in England and Wales by Peter Bosley
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Manchester University Press
1990-07-19
240
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