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The coat of arms, the totems and the system -
Railway traffic in the North East began on the S&DR with mineral workings between Shildon and Stockton-on-Tees*, later extended to Newport, Middlesbrough.
'Running Rights' over other companies' metals, 'Wayleaves' over private land owned by landlords of mining companies... These factors decided the progress of commerce and industry from early on, when railway lines were operated by the ironmasters (predecessors of the steelmakers), mining and quarrying concerns, and continued side-by-side with the public railway companies established from the early 19th Century onward. It's the pre-history if you like, of the embryonic Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR), that would be absorbed into the North Eastern Railway (NER) midway through the 1860's.
Elsewhere on this site you'll see pages on railway companies that operated in the North East of England in direct competition with the S&DR, subsequently absorbing them in turn from 1854. For these see the Profile page (or go to: http:// hubpages.com/@alancaster149). To the east of the S&DR was the Hartlepool Harbour & Railway Co (HH&R). Southward was the Cleveland Railway (CR), the North Yorkshire & Cleveland Railway (NY&CR) and the Whitby & Pickering Railway (W&PR). North was the Tanfield Railway (TR). Across the territory from north to south was the York, Newcastle & Berwick Railway (YN&BR). West to east was the York & North Midland Railway (Y&NMR) and diagonally from Leeds northward was originally the Leeds & Thirsk, later Leeds Northern Railway (LNR). The Rosedale Railway ran south, uphill from the North Yorkshire & Cleveland Railway at Battersby to Rosedale Mines on the central moorlands, east and west of the village of Rosedale Abbey near Kirkbymoorside. Both mines had their own small communities that relied on travel to Bank Top in the brakevans, eventually to market towns in the Teesside, western and eastern Cleveland areas, such as Stockton-on-Tees, Yarm, Stokesley and Guisborough.
Traffic developed with the unification of the YN&BR, the LNR and Y&NMR.as the North Eastern Railway (NER), as I've mentioned, in 1854. Gradually, from 1854 the HH&R, the CR, W&PR and NY&CR were absorbed, latterly the S&DR in 1863 on favourable terms to shareholders.
From minerals in the early days (coal, lead, ironstone and alum shale), loads extended to steel for bridge and railway building, shipbuilding, bricks and other building materials, stone for building and railway ballast from quarries scattered around the region. Farming brought increased revenue with progress in technology, agricultural and livestock, racehorses (nine major race courses in Yorkshire alone, and other minor ones), commerce (burgeoning mail order trade) and much else.
Think of the variety and purpose of rolling stock from heavy engineering to fruit and fish traffic. Additionally, after 1923 a greater variety of locomotive classes was added with the advent of Grouping. The North Eastern Railway became part of the London & North Eastern Railway, with new LNER standard classes produced at Darlington, Doncaster (ex-GNR), Cowlairs (ex-NBR), Gorton (ex-GCR) and Stratford (ex-GER). Gradually the works were concentrated on Darlington and Doncaster with work outsourced to private contractors for locomotives. Freight and passenger stock was produced at various works around the LNER system, especially at York, Cowlairs, Doncaster and Stratford, some work again outsourced.
Nationalisation in 1948 brought a new sort of independence for the North Eastern, with its own regional HQs at York and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Locomotive and stock re-assessment followed, with several classes not making it into British Railways livery, and new classes being built from 1948, later the mid-1950s at Darlington and Doncaster. A new Pacific locomotive class was added in 1948, Arthur Peppercorn's Class A1, built mainly at Darlington, some at Doncaster. And the Thompson Class K1, re-designed by Peppercorn appeared around the same time, many built by the North British Lococomotive works in Glasgow. Standard classes were added, built at Darlington in the 1950s, mainly 2-6-0 for passenger timetabling.
The North Eastern Railway Association published a book, A HISTORY OF BRITISH RAILWAYS' NORTH EASTERN REGION edited by John Teasdale. See details of how to obtain a copy elsewhere on this page.
Industry and Commerce combine around docks, iron and steel making, shipbuilding and ironstone mining
The battery of images above shows various aspects of industry and commerce enabled by a railway network largely intact after WWII. Coal, iron ore, steel... and sea fish, amongst other commodities was conveyed around and beyond British Railways North Eastern Region. From Tynemouth south to the Humber the railway carried goods in bulk for the ship-building industries of the North East - several yards on the Tees alone - and for reconstruction after WWII... Bridges, railways, housing etc. For several decades the North East was a powerhouse that supplied and was supplied by this network. The main arteries for industry and commerce are still there, a little shrunken, but there all the same. Meanwhile here's an image to inspire (below) from RMweb of Greyscroft Mine, an EM Gauge slice of the North Eastern ironstone mining industry.
I shall put together a page for this series that will detail the network, its needs and its services to give you a better idea of the nature of traffic in the region during the post-War decades.
Mining to industry - the link was the railway, the aim: to reduce load weight, the solution was calcining (burning off the dampness in the mined ore)
On the way to somewhere else...
The photographs are atmospheric. You get a good idea of the true nature of steam, dirty, sooty, greasy, smelly... And yet it's better, more picturesque than the subsequent diesel era and what came after. Why do you think people turn out in their droves for steam galas everywhere between Land's End and John O'Groats? It's almost... Well it is emotional, isn't it. You only get the images here, if you want more there's the North Yorkshire Moors Railway - now with a platform at Whitby Town station! What's missing? The combined smell of lubricating oil and hot coals on the firebed - ever smelled hot creosote and burnt-out, damp ash in a loco shed? Warning: you can get addicted!
Don't be inhibited, exhibit! A few locomotives for starters
It's all change for a life in scale - but before you commit to practical matters:
We're entering the realms of imagination, observation, periodic consternation... and a bit of swearing when things turn awkward. There are all sorts of reasons why problems arise, usually they begin with yours truly in this house. Lack of time for one thing, and a desire to produce scale replicas. Still, it all ends in smiles.
Let's take a look at what we've got. What about this selection I've made,of models entered into competitions in different categories from modified ready-to-run to completely scratch-built scenic items (see right) I'll explain each in turn:
[Competition can be fierce at the annual general meeting of the Double-O Gauge Association (DOGA) at Keen House - the HQ of The Model Railway Club off the Pentonville Road in London N1. We have a number of people who regularly contribute to periodicals such as Hornby Magazine, others who exhibit at shows. Some of my own models have been shown in local shows on the DOGA stand, and I've contributed articles for the association's magazine].
Most of these locomotives are 'fitted' with wire-wound vacuum pipes, 'Jackson' screw couplings, and furnished with a hand-painted white metal crew, some have Scale Link 3-link couplings only (mineral or wagon shunting locomotives. Real coal was added to the tenders using white PVA glue that dries clear. The nameplates for 'The Garth' are blackened etched brass from the Eames range (shows how long ago this conversion was made).
Great care is needed for handling 'The Garth', as the nameplates are attached with superglue and that tends to get brittle over the years. If not touched they stay in position, but I wouldn't fancy having to look for one small nameplate on that cellar floor!
There is a fair number of locomotives in the Thoraldbv 'fleet' that represents sheds in the various Teesside, Darlington and York sheds. There are some from outside the area, such as 62721 'Warwickshire', as well as a small number of ex-LMS and War Department engines that were out-shedded* or allocated to this area.
The layout itself features one small town station, THORALDBY, and a halt, AYTON ROW. THORALDBY has a coal depot, level crossing, cattle dock/tank dock* as well as a goods depot. Behind the station is an army camp with Nissen huts behind a mesh wire fence. There are military and civil defence Land Rovers, and a milk float parked outside one of the huts. (Anybody who saw the film 'Carry on Spying' may remember the 'Milchmann' secret agent the spy team led by Kenneth Williams followed to Vienna and then Marrakesh , I have no Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Barbara Windsor, Bernard Cribbins or Charles Hawtrey figures on the layout yet, but I might be working on it... watch this space). Further along the line is a defunct mineral line junction. A tunnel mouth to the left of the junction shows the reason for the line closure: a tunnel cave-in. Next, to the right a stone loader siding 'still in use', with working stone loaders (one of which has been abandoned due to the length of trains needed for traffic and a new one installed). The period modelled is post-Nationalisation up to Coronation Year (1953) when there were still locomotives and passenger and revenue-earning freight vehicles running in pre-Nationalisation livery.
There are several goods, mineral, passenger and mixed traffic locomotives that I take out of their boxes from time to time to give them a run. Passenger tender locomotives are ex-LNER early British Railways liveried 6700 'Yorkshire' and 62721 'Watrwickshire' of D49/1 'Shire' class and 62764 'The Garth' of D49/2 'Hunt' class. 'The Garth' was a Scarborough-(50E) allocated engine during the early 50's, whilst 'Yorkshire' was allocated to Hull Botanic Gardens (53B) and neither saw re-allocation by the late 50's, possibly left on the scrap sidings either at Drapers of Hull or near North Road, Darlington . 'Warwickshire' was bought second-hand at a small exhibition in Leytonstone, London E11, the loco herself out of area, so I've recently (May 2020) renamed her 'Derbyshire', 62701. She was transferred from Bridlington to Hull in September, 1959, then sold for scrap to Draper's yard. Then there is a solitary Class J21 0-6-0 65033 of Darlington, a veteran of NER vintage that saw preservation and relivery to her former glory in North Eastern Railway livery before being returned to early BR black as 65033 again. Last I saw at 'Locomotion' in Shildon she awaited restoration work.There are several passenger tank locos, going through the alphabet in the classes: There are several passenger tank locos,. Class V3 2-6-2T 67686 of 51D Middlesbrough in BR livery and can be seen at odd times subbing for a shed-mate, but the usual destination is around Teesside (Darlington-Saltburn) or via Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland to Newcastle on Tyne. Thompson L1 2-6-4T 67742 of Darlington (51A) is a relative newcomer and is pressed into service when 69885, 67261, 65033, 62700 or 62764 are either elsewhere or at Darlington for servicing, Fairburn 2-6-4 42083 of Whitby in the mid 1950s and several more I've accumulated since.. Mixed traffic locomotives can be either pressed into service for freight or passenger duties. B1 4-6-0 Class 61069 and 61339 of Leeds Neville Hill (50B) can be seen plodding through with fully fitted or mixed goods, or even the odd passenger working from Leeds for the North East. A J39, 64710 in early BR livery of Darlington.There are several locos ear-marked for heavy duties such as a pair of Hornby Q6 0-8-0's, Bachmann WD 2-8-0 and a pair of hornby ex-WD 0-6-0 Saddle tank engines 68010 of Blaydon (52C) and 68052. You'll see them all - too many to list here - in the not-too-distant future on the 'Ainthorpe Junction' page.
A book I bought titled A HISTORY OF BRITISH RAILWAYS' NORTH EASTERN REGION, published by the North Eastern Railway Association (NERA) includes contributions from members of the NERA, edited by John Teasdale, ISBN 978-0-9561867-0-6: lots of atmosphere, b/w period photos, colour photos, maps, advertisements and thorough-going, exhaustive research by the contributors with references to other works. A history of the establishment and shortcomings of British Railways' early days. Many would say the notion of nationalising Britain's railways was half-baked and Attlee's Labour government of the day didn't give the railway companies time to catch their breath after WWII. Austerity ruled for a long time, cash was in short supply and we had to spend a lot of extra cash re-arming for Korea. So no more for the railways after the war effort had bled them almost dry and rebuilding costs money! I obtained this first-rate publication through Amazon Marketpace from The Minstergate Bookshop, 8 Minster Gates, York, Y01 7HL (01904 621812), e-mail: email@example.com . York being the home of the National Railway Museum (NRM), you might fit in a visit to the bookshop with a look around the NRM, 0844 815 3139, www.nrm.org.uk/ Go on, it's worth the trip!
*Since I first wrote this there've been positive developments from both Hornby and Bachmann and a company known as Oxford Rail, who are to introduce a class J27 in 2020 and class J26 in 2021... A turn for the better since hornby brough out Class K1 and Q6 in recent years (This update is May, 2020) Crews were ordered for new additions from another new face in model railways, Modelu, who produce figures in a range from late 1800's to modern-day, passengers, railway, military and industrial in original poses (from a good variety, try them some time), to be primed and painted..
*'Out-shedded' is one of many expressions understood by railwaymen that you'll come across in the pages of this series. 'Out-shedded' describes locomotives listed as being allocated to one shed but actually worked from another. These were usually 'paper transactions' that kept the books straight whilst local traffic needs were met.
For anyone interested, the NERA has an extensive book list available to members. Non-members might contact the NERA through the Sales Officer (Books): Mrs Janet Coulthard, firstname.lastname@example.org (within UK ph. Darlington 01325 480009)
North Eastern Railway Association (NERA)
With regular meetings in York, Darlington, Hull and London, the NERA promotes an interest in one of the earlier railway companies to emerge from the 1840s 'Railway Mania', when lines were built across the country with little co-ordination. The North Eastern Railway absorbed several companies in the region up to the 1860s (Stockton & Darlington, 1863) and post WWI (Hull & Barnsley Railway, 1922) immediately before the 1923 Grouping. With a railway network that spanned Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland, serving cities, towns and country, coal shipments to Europe and elsewhere, ship, steel and chemical manufacture the NER kept its corporate finger on the pulse, its reach extending north across the border, west to Leeds and south to Hull and Selby. Learn about a Victorian railway leviathan and wonder at the variety of traffic
North Eastern Railway Association (NERA)
- North Eastern Railway Association
The North Eastern Railway Association [NERA] was formed in 1961 to cater for all enthusiasts interested in the railways of north eastern England, the North Eastern Railway, the Hull & Barnsley Railway, from their successors, and also the smaller
Back in time ...
Atmosphere... Detail... Oddities
North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG)
The group has several preserved locomotives on its books, that are leased out - with crews and support coach - to various preserved railways around mainland UK. Two of the locomotives (NER Class P3/LNER and BR J27 0-6-0, and NER T2/LNER and BR Q6 0-8-0 are veteran North Eastern built before and after WWI, one, NER Class E1/LNER and BR J72 0-6-0 was built in 1951 to drawings that date back to the late 1880s when Wilson Worsdell was the NER's Locomotive Superintendent. The Class K1 2-6-0 was built from 1949 to drawings originally by Edward Thompson, modified by Arthur Peppercorn. Take a look into the web site and maybe buy the several times reprinted book "Keeping North Eastern Steam Alive" to celebrate 50 years of NELPG
North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG)
- North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group
The North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) exists to foster interest in, and to preserve examples of, steam locomotives, rolling stock and other items of railway interest connected with the North East of England.
Beginnings - S&DR and onwards
What came before the North Eastern in the area?
Ideas to toy with - a pedigree for your model, provenance for your branch line:
The earliest railway built in the region was the Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR) in 1825 by George Stephenson to link the Pease family-owned coal pits near Shildon in County Durham to coal staiths at Stockton on Tees. Because of upriver silting (see the hub 'Follow the Tees Upriver'), an extension was laid in from near Eaglescliffe via Thornaby to Port Darlington (later renamed Newport because of objections from Stockton dignitaries). Burgeoning iron works at Middlesbrough brought a new influx of railway building in the form of the Cleveland Railway (owned by the West Hartlepool Dock & Railway - WHD&R) on the south bank of the Tees east of Middlesbrough. The Cleveland Railway was to bring ironstone to the river to forward on to mills in County Durham. Due to opposition from the S&DR a small war broke out following which the Cleveland Railway Bill was passed to the chagrin of the S&DR. However, the Cleveland Railway was not long lived, its existence by-passed by transport of the ironstone in-by through Eston mines and down to the Bolckow Vaughan works at Grangetown. (See the hub TRAVEL NORTH - 4: "WALKING THE MOOR"). The North Yorkshire & Cleveland Railway (NY&CR) was built at the western edge of Cleveland from Picton to Ingleby to take ironstone from Ingleby to Teesside via Stockton. A new line from Nunthorpe Junction via Ayton threatened this line's existence by taking the ironstone from Rosedale Mines via Great Ayton direct into Middlesbrough. Things were hotting up around the river Tees, and Middlesbrough became a sort of Klondike district with iron works sprouting up along the Tees. The S&DR had been extended east towards Redcar, the original station was by-passed by a new line to Saltburn and converted to a goods depot. The Leeds & Thirsk Railway meanwhile upgraded, renamed the Leeds Northern they took their line to Northallerton via Melmerby from Ripon, then under the York, Newcastle & Berwick Railway (YN&BR) to Eaglescliffe and on via Sunderland to Newcastle. The part we're interested in is what happens between Northallerton and Yarm. As already mentioned the NY&CR had built a line from Picton - originally to Whorlton and Swainby - to Ingleby, linked with the Leeds Northern for the downhill run into Teesside. In 1854 the Leeds Northern joined with the YN&BR and York & North Midland Railway (Y&NMR) to become the North Eastern Railway (NER). In charge of this new railway company was a gentleman after whom the road past the York North shed was named, George Leeman, a stern rival and detractor of George Hudson - the former MP for Whitby and Sunderland and Chairman of the Y&NMR, who was brought down by 'unconventional accounting methods' and fled to the continent, returning to a short prison sentence and ruin. He was buried in the church yard at Scrayingham (north-east of Stamford Bridge, between the A64 and A166) in North Yorkshire. There were few friends at his funeral.
Read more about the world's first public steam locomotive operated public railway
Think of the possibilities of modelling the S&DR or one of its contemporaries:
The first committee report was presented at the King's Head, Darlington on 17th January, 1812. Oringinally a canal had been thought of for the movement of coal from central County Durham to the Tees at Stockton. George Stephenson had persuaded the coal owners, chiefly the Pease family, to invest in a railway instead. The S&DR would not be the first railway, but the first steam operated public railway. Other railways had opened centuries earlier using horsedrawn wagons or static steam engines for inclined planes. Richard Trevithick had already put a steam locomotive on rails in Cornwall for the tin mines - having first experimented with a steam road engine - and George Stephenson had subsequently ventured into steam locomotive-hauled* coal traffic in his native Northumberland. There were other private ventures such as the horse-operated Surrey Iron Railway that terminated at the riverside in Wandsworth, (now south-west London) and coal mines had introduced horse-drawn operations in the Midlands. Wagonways had even been in existence since Roman times in Britain at mining centres up and down the land, obviously horse-drawn.
However, on the S&DR although coal workings were steam loco operated, passenger carriages were still horse-drawn, as well as 'client' coal workings. A weird system operated for the first few years on this system and malpractice had been forced on many driver/operators by virtue of the owners obliging drivers to pay for their own coal supplies. Coal wagons were plundered by drivers, leading to short loads arriving at Stockton Quayside. Brakes were worn, leading to accidents and sometimes signalling was ignored, leading to head-on collisions and deaths. Horses were often casualties, too, often dying on their feet with excessive loading and wagons running into them from behind when descending inclines.
All this was curtailed when with the Pease's reluctant consent Timothy Hackworth - as locomotive superintendent - introduced signalling and motive power restrictions, private hauliers being barred and some standardisation of running practice imposed. This was the railway 'growing up'.
John Wall's book, FIRST IN THE WORLD was first published by Sutton Publishing in 2001, ISBN 0-7509-2729-1 @ £19.99, and contains many first class images, including contemporary portraits of George and Robert Stephenson, Richard Trevithick and George Hudson, 'the Railway King' whose company the York & North Midland Railway later merged with the York, Newcastle & Berwick Railway and Leeds Northern Railway in 1854 . There are diagrams of the S&DR's route from Shildon to Stockton as well as railway vehicles and photographs of locations no longer accessible or in existence. A diagram of the future Middlesbrough development can be seen on page 118, originally Port Darlington and then Newport, the Middlesbrough estate expanded in the second half of the 19th Century, southward from the ironmasters district...
See also the hub FOLLOW THE TEES UPRIVER
Next: Making up your mind and getting started
*Early industrial railways used steam powered stationary engines to haul uphill and lower laden coal chaldron wagons (a bit like cauldrons on wheels, hence the name 'chaldron'), later hopper wagons for unloading at ports for coal export or to industry to power cotton or woollen mills.
There are many books available on the regions of Britain's railways, covering the different development stages of local lines since closed and lifted. You have a vast choice of branch lines, and amongst my own sources are:
FIRST IN THE WORLD, The Stockton & Darlington, John Wall, Sutton Publishing, ISBN 0-7509-2729-1: Not the first ever, but the first public railway.From its inception by agreement between Edward Pease and George Stephenson - as a viable and faster alternative to the canal first put forward - for moving coal from above Shildon to the Tees at Stockton, the S&DR would change the direction of the Industrial Revolution. Steam power would take over from horse-power but not immediately. See how the railway developed until its absorption by the North Eastern Railway in 1863;
ON NORTH EASTERN LINES by Derek Huntriss, publ. Ian Allen 1998, ISBN 0-7110-2543-6, detailed colour photographs featuring locomotives and locations between York and north Northumberland;
RAILWAY MEMORIES No.18, Cleveland & Whitby, Stephen Chapman, Bellcode Books, ISBN 9-781871-233186: A thorough search through the past around North Yorkshire in black & white images, diagrams and maps from industrial Middlesbrough through the countryside around the market towns of Guisborough, Stokesley and Yarm to the coastal hub of Whitby with its sea-borne commerce. Atmosphere by the bucket-load!;
THE WENSLEYDALE RAILWAY by Christine Hallas, publ. Great Northern Books 2002, ISBN 0-9539740-7-3 - there is a sister volume by the same author, published 2004 also by Great Northern ISBN 0-9544002-8-3, black & white period and modern images with maps and facsimiles, personal accounts and architecture. Covers are different, content in these third and fourth editions is updated;
BRITISH RAILWAYS PAST AND PRESENT - 25 East Yorkshire by Roger Hill and Carey Vessey, publ. Past & Present Publishing Ltd 1995, ISBN 1 85895-079-1 - maps, images in colour and black & white comparing sites now and in different eras (other areas covered in the series: Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and West Hertfordshire, London, Paignton & Dartmouth Railway);
LOST LINES - NORTH EASTERN by Nigel Welbourn, publ. Ian Allen 1997, ISBN 0-7110-2522-3 - again maps and black & white images from different eras (the series includes Eastern, Southern and LMR areas);
RAILWAYS AROUND WHITBY Vol 1 by Martin Bairstow, publ. Martin Bairstow 1998, printed by Amadeus Press ISBN 1-871944-17-1, a general map of the Scarborough-Pickering-Whitby area on page 16 with sections covering different branches, black & white images, track diagrams of some stations, views of signalling, stations, junctions at different times. There's a grand colour view of WD 2-10-0 90775 storming the bank into Goathland Station - Heartbeat location! - past the catch points at the Grosmont end on the front cover, on the back are two further colour images (top is a long shot of Larpool Viaduct from the bend east of Ruswarp, bottom is K4 2-6-0 3442 The Great Marquess heading a train for Pickering out of Goathland just south of the watershed;
STEAM MEMORIES No.35, 1950s-1960s Scarborough, Ron Hodge, Book Law Publicatons, ISBN 9-781907-094569: A look in black & white through the post-WWII austerity years to the Swinging 60s with freight and passenger workings in and around the station behind a myriad of motive power. A comprehensive list of Scarborough allocations reveals a surprising variety from the humble J72 0-6-0T pilot engines to B16 4-6-0 tender locomotives between Grouping in 1923 to closure in 1965. There are a couple of pages that record afternoon and evening departures in the 1950s with the locomotive numbers rostered. Atmosphere abounds again!
The North Eastern Railway Association (www.ner.org) has a range of books and publications, lists can be obtained from the Sales Officer Mrs Janet Coulthard at 15 Woodside Drive, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL3 8ES. Here are a couple of general historical titles you might like to look at:
A PORTRAIT OF THE NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY, David and Claire Williamson and Michael Grocock,, publ NERA ISBN 978 1 873513 59 3, a general introduction to the North Eastern Railway from its inception in 1854 after the merger of the York & North Midland Railway, the Leeds Northern Railway and York, Newcastle & Berwick Railway, later to include the Stockton & Darlington Railway from 1863 and several smaller companies. Last to be absorbed was the Hull & Barnsley Railway in 1922, a year before Grouping. Rich in photographic and documentary images, colour and b&w, diagrams and a large network map (inside cover).
A HISTORY OF BRITISH RAILWAYS' NORTH EASTERN REGION, Edited John G Teasdale and published by the NERA, ISBN 9 780956 186706, Takes you from Nationalisation and the introduction of the various regional divisions, executive committees and the British Transport Commission etc, organisation of freight, passenger services, locomotive shedding, shipping and hotels. A complex structure that nevertheless - largely - ran smoothly until the late 1960s with the introduction of British Rail and extensive dieselisation.at the expense of electric traction in South-west Yorkshire on the Woodhead route. Again well illustrated with reproductions of documentation, tables, maps, diagrams and drawings. An ideal companion to the previous publication for continuous history.
Further titles are listed at the foot of ROPFAMR - 25: Locomotive Sheds
I hope you enjoyed looking through this page and the rest of the series, bearing in mind they reflect my own particular interest in the hobby..Feel free to leave comments in the box below
© 2011 Alan R Lancaster
Alan R Lancaster (author) from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on November 05, 2012:
If you don't apply a bit of humour here and there - unless you're writing an application for a job or a letter of bereavement - your writing can get a bit dry.
Nice to know you like the material and appreciate the detail.
Anjili from planet earth, a humanoid on November 05, 2012:
You have a wonderful in-depth knowledge of your subject. And my God, you got detail to the minutest aspects of your descriptions. What puzzles me is your sense of humor with everything you do.
There are times when I wonder how you ended up a historian and not a show businessman. Very exhaustively well done and intellectually enriching. Awesome and Voted up.
Alan R Lancaster (author) from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on September 03, 2012:
Thanks Molometer. It wasn't the first railway, however. Several industrial railways up and down England and Cornwall have that distinction. Richard Trevithick was responsible for the movement of tin and other minerals in Cornwall and he built the first steam locomotive, not George Stephenson. The S&DR was the first public railway, financed by public subscription, that's the difference. Public railways were 'common carriers', i.e., they were obliged to carry goods from A to B according to the label on the freight. This proved an expensive proposition in the long run because the railway companies (and in the end British Railways) weren't able to set their own tariffs. These were set by government through the Department of Transport, whereas road transport hauliers could set their own. This unfair competition drove many branchlines out of business. Without mineral or commercial traffic lack of business led to lines closing even before Dr Richard Beeching's time.
Micheal from United Kingdom on September 03, 2012:
What a fascinating and detailed hub on all things on tracks. The photos are excellent and the history of the development of the railway system in the north east was intriguing.