The Wellington, Much Wenlock & Craven Arms Railway

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Deservedly highly praised, this book tells of a cross-country branch line 28 miles long. In that distance it traversed the East Shropshire Coalfield, where the Industrial Revolution really began, crossed the Severn on a magnificent castiron bridge, which had been the longest of its kind when built. South of the river the line twisted its way up to the ancient prior and twon of Much Wenlock, before contiuing south-west along the Wenlock Edge, through some of the most unspoiled country in England.

Passenger services were withdrawn in 1962, although parts of the northern section of the line are embodied in the Telford Steam Railway.

What makes this book special is, firstly the depth of the coverage of the line's history, the people involved and the motive power and, secondly, the sheer quality of the considerable number of photos, both B&W and colour, plus maps and so on,and the care taken to reproduce them to the highest standard. Finally this book is very well written, and a pleasure to read. It is also very large - 28cms x 37 cms, with 308 pages, and hardbound.

Very highly recommended.

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