Network Greater Manchester

Author(s): Martyn Hilbert 

ISBN: 9781781557679
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Colour images from the 1970s to the present day that illustrate the changing face of the diverse railway system serving Greater Manchester.

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  • A unique photographic journey across the network with previously unpublished high-quality colour images

  • An in-depth look at the system, locations, infrastructure and rolling stock that are now in many cases part of history

  • Written and researched by an enthusiast and photographer who travels on the Greater Manchester system regularly

  • Inspiration for exploring the varied and busy networks

  • Superbly written and researched, this is essential for the historian, train enthusiast and modeller 

Greater Manchester covers an area of 493-square miles, is a diverse part of north-west England and is home to 2.8 million people. At its heart is the vibrant and ever-changing city of Manchester, the large conurbation having borders with Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Merseyside. It has a complex, varied and historic heavy rail network that contains ninety-six stations on a 142-mile network, part of which was the first passenger railway in the world. Greater Manchester is also home to the largest light rail system in the UK.

The Metrolink Tram system has a current network of fifty-seven miles and ninety-three stops. Its expansion has aided some traffic reduction in an area that has the highest percentage of motorway network than any other county in the UK.

Network Greater Manchester is a detailed photographic journey over the system that chronicles the constantly changing scene since the late 1970s to the present day and illustrates how the services, rolling stock and infrastructure have changed with the passage of time.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557679
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 96 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 05 December 2019
ILLUSTRATIONS 162 colour photographs



An avid railway enthusiast for many years, Martyn Hilbert has spent much time and effort recording the UK railway network from the 1970s to the present day. This has resulted in a large photographic archive backed-up by detailed records and notes that chronicle the many changes that the railway system has undergone in the last forty years. Still active with the camera and recording the current scene before it all becomes history, Network North West: Images of a Changing Railway is his second book published by Fonthill Media.