The Wirral Railway and Its Predecessors.

By: Maund, T.B.

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Large hardback, 28 x 22cm, in black cloth covers, gilt titles, , As New, with dustwrapper, also As New. With pp240, b&w illustrations, diagrams, maps and index. THE PACKED WEIGHT OF THIS BOOK IS OVER 1KG, SO FOR UK FIRST CLASS AND INTERNATIONAL, ADDITIONAL POSTAGE COSTS WILL BE REQUIRED. The Wirral peninsula, which forms the top north west corner of Cheshire and sits between the rivers Dee and Mersey, is almost an island and, in many respects, exhibits the characteristics of a region isolated from other influences. This was undoubtedly even more pronounced in times gone past and is a feature that was particularly well illustrated in the development and 'look' of the railway company which served the most northerly and populated part of the peninsula - the Wirral Railway. The railway itself began in splendid isolation, with a branch from Birkenhead Docks to Hoylake, opened in 1866. From impecunious beginnings - the company was in receivership by the late 1860s and services ran only between Hoylake and Leasowe until 1872 - the Wirral system grew to become a busy commuter railway for the many people travelling over the Mersey to Liverpool, its tentacles eventually extending to West Kirby, New Brighton and Seacombe. Today, with the exception of the Seacombe Branch, the line remains in service as part of Merseyrail, carrying out the job it has always done. This is the first comprehensive study of the railway's origins and its history as the Wirral Railway, followed by its later years under the LM&SR and British Railways, its operations, stations, locomotives, shed and works, and rolling stock. Its small locomotive fleet comprised entirely of tank engines and its independent nature is reflected in the fact that it was the first railway company in mainland Great Britain to run engines of the unusual 4-4-4 wheel arrangement.

Title: The Wirral Railway and Its Predecessors.

Author Name: Maund, T.B.

Categories: Railways, Canals & Transport,

Publisher: Lightmoor Press: 2009

ISBN Number: 1899889388

ISBN Number 13: 9781899889389

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Jacket Condition: As New

Type: Book

Seller ID: 007491

Keywords: Railways, England, Cheshire, Wirral, Wirral Railway, Transport, ,