Lambourn Valley Railway: Stations of the Great Western Railway GWR by Charles Darvelle

Lambourn Valley Railway: Stations of the Great Western Railway GWR

byCharles Darvelle

Kobo ebook | March 26, 2012

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A charming history of one of the long closed rural branch lines on the Great Western Railway. The Lambourn Valley was one of the most quintessentially English branch lines in the days of steam.

The Lambourn Valley Railway was born as an independent little railway that ran from Newbury up Berkshire’s scenic Lambourn Valley to Lambourn. On the way it passed through 9 rural stations and ran through beautiful countryside.

In this book we learn when the line was built and why. The impact the railway had on the surrounding area is explained and the type of freight and passengers that used the station are explained. We also learn about the locomotives, rolling stock, directors, staff and equipment of the railway line.

In 1905 the LVR was taken over by the GWR and the entire branch line was upgraded and brought to GWR standards. The line remained open until 1964, but is now closed, the tracks lifted and the stations gone.

This book is a moving and thoughtful evocation of the days of steam.

The Lambourn Valley Railway is part of the Stations of the Great Western Railway collection published by Bretwalda Books

About the Author
Charles D’Arvelle is a railway enthusiast who has a particular fascination with closed branch lines. He has spent many happy hours tracing the locations of closed stations, abanoned sidings and lost railway tracks. He declares it is a great way to get out and explore the British countryside.

Title:Lambourn Valley Railway: Stations of the Great Western Railway GWRFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 26, 2012Publisher:Bretwalda BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1907791884

ISBN - 13:9781907791888

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lambourn Valley Railway I was rather disappointed by this book, too much of it was concerned with non-railway matters, great if you wanted a history lesson regarding The Civil War in the region and suchlike but I wanted a book about the railway, it started well enough, stating why the railway was brought to the region and the effect it had on increasing trade in the area but then degenerated talking about local landowners, Kings and The Civil War, all of which had nothing to do with the railway. I was also disappointed by the lack of photographs showing the railway in use and the trains and locomotives that ran on the line in it's heyday or after nationalisation. To sum up in one word, Disappointing!
Date published: 2014-05-01