Rails in the Dales – NOW AVAILABLE
by David Joy
96 pages including 53 illustrations (19 in colour)
Softback ISBN 978 0 901461 65 0
h = 245mm, w=170mm
This book covers railways in eight Yorkshire dales – Wharfedale;
Ribblesdale, Dentdale and Garsdale (linked by the Settle–Carlisle
line); Swaledale; Wensleydale; Colsterdale; and Nidderdale.
It is aimed at both the railway historian and the general reader
anxious to know more about the wonderfully diverse lines that
once served a region noted for its magnificent scenery and
unique character. For the first time there is an overall
chronological account which shows how the railways evolved
and the affect they had on the communities they served.
The Settle–Carlisle receives due attention but its cult status
does not dominate these pages. The aim is an overall picture,
ranging from such highlights as arguably Britain’s finest branch
line terminus at Richmond through to the remarkable Nidd
Valley Light Railway built to help solve a water crisis in distant
Bradford. Photographs capture the essence of rails in the Dales
and especially lines that had gone long before the Beeching age.
David Joy MBE is a former editor of The Dalesman and has
written more than 40 books, mainly on railways and the Dales.
His enthusiasm started at Grassington station during its last
years, when he was allowed to ‘help’ in the signal-box and ride
the footplate on the daily goods train.