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WRINGTON VALE LIGHT RAILWAY


1st Edition - May 2004
by Colin G Maggs
ISBN 978-0-853616-20-7
Book A5, Softback 120 Pages 130 B&W Illustrations
Publisher: Oakwood Press
Series: Locomotion Papers
Availability: No Longer Available

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The Wrington Vale lies approximately midway between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, snuggling under the north-western slopes of the Mendip Hills. The railway was built and operated by the Great Western Railway and opened in 1901. For reasons of economy the Wrington Vale line was one of the first in southern England to see steam railmotor services. The Great Western made another ambitious attempt to improve economy when it built a pioneering oil-burning 0-4-0T for the line. Due to technical problems No. 101 never left the vicinity of the GWR's Swindon Works. The railway was to carry passengers for 30 years with freight on part of the line continuing for another 30 years. The author is well-known for his railway histories in and around Bristol and SouthWest England. As well as appealing to local and railway historians, this book will hold great appeal to railway modellers as it depicts a simple line with interesting features.

Contents:

  • Early Railway Schemes for the Wrington Vale
  • The Wrington Vale Light Railway
  • Description of the Line
  • Events Leading to Closure
  • Locomotives
  • The Passenger Train Services
  • Blagdon Reservoir and Pumping Station
  • Railways Associated with the WVLR proposed in the 20th Century
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index

Continent: Europe
Country: UK
Area: UK Somerset

 

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BRANCH LINES TO RAMSEY
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BURNTISLAND - FIFE`S RAILWAY PORT
CULM VALLEY LIGHT RAILWAY
FAWLEY BRANCH
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GWR AND THE GENERAL STRIKE (1926)
HARPENDEN TO HEMEL HEMPSTEAD RAILWAY, The Nickey Line
HELSTON BRANCH
LAMPETER, ABERAYRON and NEW QUAY LIGHT RAILWAY
LAUDER LIGHT RAILWAY
MID-SUFFOLK LIGHT RAILWAY
MINEHEAD BRANCH and WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY
RAILS TO ACHILL
RAILWAYS OF UPPER STRATHEARN - Crieff - Balquhidder
RAILWAYS TO SKEGNESS
SNAPE BRANCH
SOUTHERN RAILWAY HALTS
STOKE TO MARKET DRAYTON LINE
TRAMWAYS OF LYTHAM ST ANNES
VALE OF GLAMORGAN RAILWAY
WATFORD TO ST ALBANS BRANCH
WINSFORD & OVER BRANCH
WREXHAM & ELLESMERE RAILWAY

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