£ 12.50

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.