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In the late 1830s three railway companies sought to establish a presence in Derby and one was the North Midland Railway which constructed a line to Leeds via Chesterfield and Rotherham, but bypassing Sheffield. Railway pioneer George Stephenson was heavily involved with the project. The North Midland became absorbed into the Midland Railway in the 1840s and Derby became the centre for that company with the establishment of a locomotive works and with trains running to all parts of the country. This book traces the history of the North Midland route during the steam era, as it became a vital artery of the Midland Railway and, indeed, is still very busy today. It commences with a number of pictures of Derby over the years and then goes north with photographs of all major features on the route, such as the unusual triangular station at Ambergate, the highly industrial Clay Cross area - opened up by the railway's construction, and the important town of Chesterfield. Informative captions enhance the pictures and give a good account of the line's fortunes over the years. This book is the first part of a trilogy - part two covers Chesterfield to Rotherham and connections to Sheffield, while part three looks at the Rotherham to Leeds section. Together the books give an unrivalled comprehensive photographic coverage of steam days on this very important route.
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Book Description Runpast Publishing, 2000. Soft cover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 001084