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New Railway to Scotland

The story of building the Settle to Carlisle Railway from newspapers of the time


About this book:

  • ISBN: 978-1-910237-43-4

  • Published: March 2020

  • Price: £15.00 + postage

  • 202 pages (paperback)

  • Illustrated with 64 colour, black & white photographs and maps

Hayloft books are printed with an environmentally friendly policy. The offset of carbon emissions is through support of Forest Protection in Pará, Brazil.




About the Book:
Building the Settle and Carlisle Railway was without doubt an enormous civil engineering project for late Victorian engineers. Even today with all our advanced techniques and equipment it would still be a major undertaking. The very terrain that this railway crossed ensured that there would be bridges, tunnels, and viaducts every few miles.
A New Railway to Scotland is the first major collection that has been put together, of contemporary accounts from local and national newspapers written at the time describing the Settle to Carlisle Railway during its construction. The articles include many of the dangers and accidents that happened to the work force. There is a description of the route during building plus the opening and subsequent operation.
This book forms an almost monthly diary of events covering the period from 1865 to 1908. It is generously illustrated with 62 black and white photographs from the time.

About the Author:

David Occomore grew up in South West Essex on the edge of Epping Forest. His first book was Bushes and Briars a collection of Essex folksongs followed by Curiosities of Essex a collection of Essex broadside ballads.
Working as a telephone engineer in London, his next book was Number Please recalling the early days of the telephone in London. Moving to Cambridgeshire, he self-published Along the Line, a history of the railways around Newmarket and Cambridge researched from old newspapers of the time.
Now living in Cumbria, The New Railway to Scotland continues the theme of history from old newspaper stories from the local region and also the national press.






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