Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways
A Wee Trip Down Memory Lane
10 1/2" X 10" • 160 pages • Color and B&W photos
ISBN 9781902407807 • hardback • $35.00 •
The mid to late nineteenth century was a boom period for railway building in Scotland. Many lines were built, often through sparsely populated areas and with over-optimistic forecasts of a brighter future. Some schemes never even saw the light of day and if they had been built would never have paid a return to their financial backers. Many of those that were built were doomed from the beginning with closures of uneconomic lines in remote areas beginning in the 1930s when competition from road transport started to take its toll.
Closure of rural lines gathered pace following nationalization of the railways in 1948 but the worst was yet to come. The "Breeching Report" of 1963 spelt the end for many of Scotland's rural railways and by the end of the 1960s huge swathes of the country had lost their railway service.
Built to last by their Victorian and Edwardian engineers much of the infrastructure of these lost lines is still in place - new life for redundant station buildings; cycleways and footpaths following the old track beds, embankments and cuttings; graceful steel bridges spanning the rivers; soaring viaducts striding across the landscape and burrowing tunnels beneath it.
Much of Scotland's lost railway heritage is still out there waiting to be discovered. Researched and written by respected railway author Julian Holland and profusely illustrated with historical and present-day photographs, Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways will open the door to this secret world for the enthusiast as well as those with an interest in Scotland and its transport.
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