The Great Central Rail Tour - John M. C. HealyChesham, Paddock Wood: Silver Star Books, Unicorn Books, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Pages very gently age-tanned, with a faint ripple throughout.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps ; Plans;
From the cover: “The Great Central London Extension was the last main line to be built into London. It opened from Marylebone in 1899 fulfilling the dream and vision of Sir Edward Watkin. The Great Central was his brainchild, he wanted a line to link the major cities of the North of England to the continent via London, even including a channel tunnel in his plans.
This Victorian entrepreneur built a superbly engineered line that cut through the centre of England, but it eventually fell foul of the Beeching axe in 1966.
However a small stretch has been preserved in Leicestershire to keep alive the memories of when named expresses and fast freights travelled the metals and hopefully Great Central Rail Tour which outlines the story of the Great Central London route, comparing aspects of the line past and present, will also recall those days for enthusiast and historian alike.
As the Channel Tunnel is being dug and plans are advancing for a high-speed rail link through Kent, and with the industrial north wanting rail access to Europe, perhaps Watkin’s dream will come true after all.”