Railways of Telford

Railways of Telford

by Alan Stennett


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Why did Telford need railways? Shropshire was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution in England.

The railways provided a way of getting raw materials into the works and finished products to market, and the network grew steadily with the industries of the time; mining. brick and tile making, iron smelting and forging.

Author David Clarke covers the history of the railway network and lines in Telford, from its early industrial beginnings to the present day.

The book examines the importance of the coal and engineering industries to the region, and covers the rolling stock, signals, signal boxes and locomotive depots of the network.

It details the variety of traffic that was generated in the area and traffic passing through. It also gives details never before published of the workings in and out of Hollinswood Yard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785000942
Publisher: The Crowood Press UK
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alan Stennett is a writer and broadcaster who has spent most of his life in Lincolnshire. He and his wife, Sue, live in the old Great Northern Railway station at Kirkstead, later renamed as Woodhall Junction. His seven books on Lincolnshire topics includes one on the Lost Railways of the county.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 The Industrial Revolution in East Shropshire 10

Chapter 2 Wellington and the Main Line 15

Chapter 3 Madeley Junction to Lightmoor Junction 53

Chapter 4 The Ex-LNWR Line to Stafford 59

Chapter 5 The Coalport Branch 83

Chapter 6 The Much Wenlock Branch 99

Chapter 7 The Severn Valley Route - Buildwas to Coalport (GWR) 121

Chapter 8 The Lilleshall Company 128

Chapter 9 Locomotive Depots 143

Appendix: The Allocation of Locomotives to the Depots in the Telford Area 154

Further Reading and Bibliography 157

Index 159

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