Description Description The West Riding of Yorkshire boasted the most complex railway network in Britain, comprised at various times of seven railway companies, with an eighth trying to secure a foothold, eleven significant joint lines and several minor systems.
This book reviews the local history, including its economy and key industries and describes the need for the railways and the political and geographical challenges they faced. It discusses the impact on the region of 'railway mania' experienced throughout Britain in the mid-nineteenth century.
The many locomotives that worked these lines are celebrated with a behind-the-scenes look at their yards, sheds and roundhouses. The lost branch lines and stations are remembered too.