The Birmingham to Gloucester Line (Paperback)

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The Birmingham to Gloucester Line By Colin Maggs, MBE Cover Image


The story of the Birmingham to Gloucester line really began when the London & Birmingham Railway, with Robert Stephenson as its engineer, opened to the capital of the Midlands in 1838. The following year, another future section of the Midland Railway was authorised, this being the Birmingham & Gloucester Railway. Gloucester was already approached from the south by the Bristol & Gloucester Railway, this having developed from the Bristol & Gloucestershire Railway, a horse-worked coal tramway connecting mines at Coalpit Heath with Bristol. The Birmingham & Gloucester was taken over by the Midland Railway in 1845, the line becoming part of the London Midland & Scottish Railway in 1923 and British Railways in 1948. Colin G. Maggs, one of the country's leading railway historians, tells the full story of this line right from its inception up to the present day. As well as detailing its history, he describes the line, its locomotives, rolling stock and train services. Well-known features of the line, including the famous Lickey Incline, are also covered in this wide-ranging book, featuring over 100 illustrations.

About the Author

Colin Maggs is one of the country's foremost transport and engineering historians and has written over one hundred books as well as innumerable magazine articles. He has also made several TV and radio appearances. In 1993 he received the MBE for services to railway history. He lives in Bath.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781445606996
ISBN-10: 1445606992
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication Date: September 15th, 2013
Pages: 192
Language: English