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A secondary line wandering through rolling countryside bordered by brooding hills; obscure to modern minds but a substantial double track railway nonetheless, curving and twisting through the pleasant, rural, Alyn and Wheeler valleys, linking the Welsh county towns of Flintshire and Denbighshire with North West England. The Denbigh line was very good, they said, but too good to last. Like so many, it certainly was.
A complex story that begins before the Battle of Trafalgar; the canals, industries, railways, political and commercial struggles and rivalries of this little known but fascinating corner of a little known but fascinating county, Staffordshire.
Due to a manufacturing error, the final 300 copies of this book have a slight fault on the spine. A small amount of bubbleing occurs under the lamination which is almost undetectable. However, Irwell Press apologises for this error but should customers still like to purchase a copy we are discounting the published price by £1.
Since the first one was published in 1997 The Book Of series of locomotive studies has developed into something of a library devoted to more and more of the principal BR steam classes. A number of titles have sold out over and over, and have been reprinted or are in the process of being reprinted.
The thirty years of the Kirtley era, 1844-73, are a long time ago now. It was a period of rapid change and one of considerable complexity for the historian. Many of the earlier engines did not have long lives, but those built in the last ten years, with a few exceptions, were very long-lived. Their sturdy construction and ready adaptability to accept later and larger boilers resulted in examples of both passenger and goods engines still in use after the Second World War. In this way the more senior members of our enthusiast fraternity have a ready recollection of these ancient engines and form a link with those early days long gone. Indeed, nobody was Anybody in the late 1940s if they had not been to Bournville to see the last of the double frame 0-6-0s gathered there. No.22834 was the ultimate icon. With Johnson pattern boiler, the cab displaying a brass class 1 power class numeral and that amazing horseshoe tank layout of its tender, it was, even in those days, held in some awe as a relic of the distant past. The fact that the Ian Allan ABC said it was class 2 (which was true) and that its tender plate bore the date 1867 (the book said introduced 1868) only increased the fascination. Such little items formed the stimulus for research to sort it out, ultimately to result in this volume.
2020-09-09 NOW Out Of Print (OOP)
Open up the layers of this chocolate box and you might even have George Lazonby leaving his Milk Tray for you. Not only chocolates on offer but the Bournville railway story and a fascinating tale it is too.