Rails in the Dales

£ 12.50


Eight Yorkshire railways

Softback   ISBN 978 0 901461 65 0   h = 245mm,   w=170mm

96 pages including 53 illustrations (19 in colour)





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.