An Illustrated History of the Cornish Main Line
The main line from Plymouth and the River Tamar to Truro was first opened in May 1859. This lovely new book explores the entire history of the main line from the earliest days of the Cornwall Railway through to the post-Privatisation era. The construction of this difficult line by Brunel is covered in depth, along with a concise history of the original acts which resulted in the opening of the main line.
Opportunely published in the 150th anniversary year of the opening of the line, this new volume includes many useful details of the various viaducts and notable gradients, a comprehensive summary of services over the years, as well as a survey of freight traffic, culminating in the rationalisation of recent decades. In addition, railway infrastructure, especially stations, signal boxes, and major depots and yards are also explored in depth, along with a complete review of motive power in the region, from the broad gauge locomotives through to the modern HSTs and Voyagers. With enough information to satisfy even the most ardent enthusiast and a collection of stunning images, this is one not to be missed by railway enthusiasts around the country.