This is an excellent and informative introduction to the subject, and is recommended for anyone interested in the history of minor British railways. This edition is 80 pages with excellent photographs, maps and illustrations included in the page numbering. It is No. 174 in the Oakwood Press' Locomotion Papers, from 1990.
From the Author's Introduction:
"This book examines the development of... the Rishworth brach in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and, seeks to convey the feelings prevalent in the villages served at the time of its inception and construction."
"The Rishworth Railway has no particular claim to fame, it appears to have been first thought of as far back as 1845, been forgotten, resurrected in 1865 in a slightly modified form, opened for part of its length in 1878, opened throughout in 1881, and closed to passengers in 1929. Partial closure occurred in 1952, with total closure in 1958 and the line was dismantled about 1960. It is the very ordinary nature of the branch line which makes it the ideal subject for this book, and the into the story and its effect on the social and industrial life of the Ryburn Valley can be read the story behind a great many similar ventures throughout the length and breadth of the country."