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Railways of Ayrshire

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In the early 1800s, Ayrshire was already established as a prosperous, mainly rural agricultural county. The realisation that there was abundant coal and (to a lesser extent) iron ore deposits to be exploited, together with the coming of the Industrial Revolution, rendered the area wide open to the 'railway mania' that swept Britain in the mid to late 1800s. The proximity of the county north to Glasgow and south to Carlisle (and thence south) made it an attractive proposition for early railway developers. Gordon Thomson explores the history and development of the railway routes in Ayrshire; how the coming of the railways changed the face of the area and supported the growth of industry. It looks at how services evolved through the eras of LMS, nationalisation and privatisation, and the preservation and heritage scene in Ayrshire. AUTHOR: Gordon Thomson is a lifelong railway enthusiast, starting his interest as a teenager in the late 1960s. Since 1980, he has lived in Ayrshire, taking a keen interest in the history and development of railways in this scenic area of Scotland. He is involved in railway preservation as an active member of the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group. SELLING POINTS: Explores the history and development of the railway routes in Ayrshire, and how the railways supported the growth of industry. Ideal reading for all railway and local history enthusiasts, particularly those interested in the development and heritage of the railways in Scotland and the Ayrshire area. Covers the eras of LMS, nationalization and privatization as well as the preservation and heritage scene in Ayrshire. Superbly illustrated with 273 colour and black & white photographs Gordon Thomson is a lifelong railway enthusiast and has lived in Ayrshire for over thirty years. 280 Illustrations

Product code: 9781785001475

ISBN 9781785001475
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H246xW189xS12
No. Of Pages 160
Publisher The Crowood Press Ltd