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Book Description RCL Publications, Wales, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. A fine copy of a scarce title. This superb book takes a detailed look at the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway which ran for nearly eight miles through the beautiful Staffordshire valleys. The book is a delight; 404 photographs, 58 maps and diagrams and 36 scale drawings, a must-have for any railway enthusiast. Please note this is a large format book which may require extra shipping costs. Seller Inventory # 000141
Book Description RCL Publications, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 358pp Ills. incl. colour, maps.Surely one of the best ever books on any UK narrow gauge line.Outstanding level of research and top quality printing and design.Hardback in dustwrapper, internally fine, bottom right corners of boards have slight bump, overall vg+ Great price for a very scarce book. Seller Inventory # 040783
Book Description RCL Publications, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The Leek and Manifold Light Railway ran for just over eight miles through one of the most beautiful valleys in Staffordshire. It was opened on the 27th June 1904, the first narrow gauge railway engendered by the Light Railways Act of 1896. This title provides a highly detailed account of the railway and its history with 404 photographs, 58 maps and diagrams and 36 scale drawings. Please check with seller for shipping costs on heavier titles. Seller Inventory # 000226
Book Description RCL Publications, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: gut. November, 2005. I must admit that I have long been put off purchasing this book due to the somewhat high price tag. However, I have just taken the plunge and now wish that I had done so when the first book was published. Don't be deceived by the apparent size of the photos - this is a large format book (almost A4 and best part of an inch thick with just over 350 pages) - and it needs to be to facilitate presentation of the excellent engineering drawings at a scales ranging from 16mm =1ft through to 4mm = 1ft. These feature not only the various locomotives and rolling stock but also track construction, some buildings, the tunnel portals and even fencing! Colour representations of the trains in each of the three main liveries used are also thoughtfully presented, including the NSR Madder Lake period which is not so well known. For those wishing to build models of the line this book is a treasure-trove of information and detail. The fact that the author worked on with BR's Permanent Way Department for some time might have something to do with the excellent quality of the drawings! The paper used is quite thick and slightly glossy, which gives a beautiful presentation of the many photographs, some of which are quite new to me despite many years of researching the history of the line. The depth of detail in the various chapters of the book can only be described as outstanding. This book should become THE standard by which ALL other railway histories or documentaries should be measured and can only salute the author, Mr Robert Gratton, on his fantastic achievement. My only regret is that it appears to be currently out of print. Indeed, I have already paid over the original publishers price to get my copy and expect this book to become a well sought after collectors item - it certainly deserves to be one. I can only hope that the publishers will take note and do another print run in the near future. The Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway, had it lasted until the mid to late fifties would have probably have been a strong contender for railway preservation. However with just a short life of thirty years from its opening in 1904 to its closure in 1934, railway preservation had not even been thought of, in those early years. The railway ran from Waterhouses( 9 miles from Leek, Staffordshire) to Hulme End in the Staffordshire Moorlands, for a distance of eight and a half miles through the beautiful Manifold Valley in the heart of the Peak District. It was quite unusual as far as Narrow Guage Railways are designed, with a track gauge of 2ft 6ins and unsual, because of its purpose of being able to transport standard gauge railway wagons, loaded onto specially designed narrow gauge flat wagons which were built specially for this railway. The standard gauge wagons were loaded onto the narrow gauge wagons at Waterhoues, where the railway connected to the Leek to Waterhouses main line. These were then taken along the valley and off loaded at several staions throughout the valley, onto short sections of standard gauge track which was laid on a raised platform at most of the stations along the valley. The larger wagons were hand pushed off the narrow gauge wagons onto these short sections of standard gauge track, so that their contents could be unloaded to supply all the farms situated in this remote part of the Manifold Valley, where roads were steep and just simple cart tracks, inaccessable to ordinary road vehicles. The empty wagons or reloaded wagons could then be returned to Waterhouses for collection by the standard gauge locos and sent to various destinations throughout the rail network. The main purpose of transporting these goods though, was for milk, which was collected from farms and taken to the Ecton Milk Factory. From here the treated milk was loaded into standard gauge glass lined milk tankers, which were then taken to Waterhouses to be assembled into trains, which took the milk to Finsbury Park in London. This was run on a daily basis every morning, which lasted until 1928, when the factory at Ecton finally closed. The L.&.M.V.L.Rly only ever had two locomotives which were rather large engines for a narrow gauge line, these were named E.R. Calthrop(No1) & J.B. Earle(No2), named after the railways designer and chief engineer. They were of Indian design (after the Barsi Light Railway which was built in India in the 1890s by E.R.Calthrop) before the L.& M.V.L.Rly was begun. The locos were built by Kitsons of Leeds, who also built the slightly larger Barsi Light Railway locomotives. Besides the seven transporter wagons, there was also a lare bogie box van for produce and four large bogie coaches with unusual sloping shed type roofs and open balconies with wrought iron railings. These consisted of two first/third class carriages & two brake/thirds. These were used on a daily basis throughout the life of the railway making two and sometimes three return journeys each day with extra journeys during the summer bank holidays, which became popular with tourist after the 1st WW. The railway first ran under the ownership of The North Staffordshire Railway Company and was taken over by the LMS in 1923 when the four big railway groups were formed. Due to dwindling passenger numbers and the introduction of the motor vehicles that were now able to access the valley, the railway finally closed in 1934 and two years later the whole track was dismantled and apart from Hulme End Station, and the many bridges that sriss cross the River Manifold, all other buildings were dismantled. There have been many publications about the L.&.M.V.L.Rly over the years but this delightful book published just recently is the best book yet on this magnificent little railway. It is quite a large book with dozens of photos and lots of illustrations and scale drawings, covering all the locos, wagons, carriages, buildings, bridges,track laying dimensions etc etc, as well as many chapters detailing the planing, construction, grand opening, running. Seller Inventory # BN36032
Book Description Condition: gut. Rechnung mit MwSt - Versand aus Deutschland pages. Seller Inventory # MI5-ENN-EH5