Bri­tain’s Grow­ing Rail­way is a worth­while read

Rail (UK) - - Opinion -

In re­cent times com­mit­ments have led to my be­ing un­able to make a mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to Rail­fu­ture’s work, so I re­cently re­signed from my po­si­tion as vice pres­i­dent.

Rail­fu­ture achieves ex­cel­lent work in many fields and its lat­est pub­li­ca­tion - Bri­tain’s

Grow­ing Rail­way - is a su­perb read for those want­ing facts and fig­ures re­lat­ing to more than 400 sta­tions that have ei­ther re­opened or were new since 1960

With 192 pages it has an al­pha­bet­i­cal list of them with de­tails of each, fol­lowed by de­tails of an­other 22 sta­tions ex­pected to open within the next seven years.

There is then a sec­tion on com­plete lines and chords that have opened since 1986, plus those with fu­ture open­ing dates. Much de­tail for Metro and tram sys­tems fol­lows, plus a sec­tion on Ire­land.

A list then shows re­open­ing by date, and it comes as a sur­prise to re­alise that sta­tions were be­ing opened or re­opened in the ‘Beech­ing’ era. Fur­ther­more, 300 were opened un­der Bri­tish Rail.

This vol­ume is well worth £9.95 (ISBN 9780-901283-19-1).

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