Abandoned and Vanished Railways of Leicestershire and Rutland
- Rupert Matthews
15th January 2030
Leicestershire and Rutland have a rich railway heritage. Some the earliest railways in the world were built here and by the 1920s, Leicestershire had one of the densest rail networks of any English county. But from the 1950s onward the branch lines closed, and in 1969 even the main line of the mighty Great Central Railway closed.
Today viaducts march across valleys carrying footpaths instead of steam trains, stations have been converted into houses or industrial estates, and cuttings slice dramatically through hills. Three of the closed lines have reopened as heritage railways, running steam excursions for tourists and locals.
This book will look at each of the vanished or abandoned lines in turn. It will outline their construction and history, then look at the line as it is today.
This volume will be an invaluable aid to those who go in search of the Abandoned and Vanished Railways of Leicestershire and Rutland.