Norman Twells' book provides a good overview of the third earliest steam railway in Britain, designed by George Stephenson in the 1830's to bring coal from the Leicestershire collieries into Leicester more cheaply than the canals.
Later extended out to Ashby-de-la-Zouche and Burton On Trent to link up with the LNWR, the line was operated by the Midland Railway.
Some station diagrams, photographs and condensed text provide an appetite-whetter, but ultimately not enough for the study of a particular location in any detail. However, that is not what this book is intended to do.
The book is paperback, A4 size and 96 pages.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you like folk you will love this album. If you like Badly Drawn Boy you may also be drawn by it.
I love the Geordie lasses ( forgive me if you are not from Newcastle - there's a southerner for you!) harmonies. Strong tunes on this.
When I first heard this record I wss transported back to hard times in Victorian England.
Traditional folk tunes, I assume, but stripped right down and built back up in a not altogether traditional folk style.
Only one throw away for me on this.
Buy it and be moved by music for a change.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In my opinion, the old Midland Railway was blessed with two of the finest engineer / designers of any of the railways.
That some of Matthew Kirtley's locomotives were still running 80 years later, is a testament to his work.
Nothing surpasses the elegance of his 2-4-0 and 0-6-0 tender locomotives; even the brillance of Samuel Johnson's fine designs.
That Johnson would enhance Kirtley's basic ideas led to some particularly fine looking engines.
This book is a mine of useful information for the modeller or enthusiast.