Network North West: Images of a Changing Railway

Author(s): Martyn Hilbert 

ISBN: 9781781556115
£10.49 £14.99
Colour images that illustrate the changing face of the diverse railway system serving north west England.

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  • A unique photographic journey across the network with unpublished colour images
  • An in-depth look at the system and rolling stock past, present and future
  • Superbly written and researched, this is essential for the historian, train enthusiast and modeller

The north west of England is a diverse and fascinating part of the country, and with a varied landscape, this area was once the powerhouse of the industrial revolution. The north west was the location for the world’s first true ‘Intercity’ railway and this spawned a complex network of routes that served the various towns, which were once a hive of industry. The famous coastal resorts – Southport, Blackpool and Morecambe – were all products of the railway age when a day trip to the seaside broke the monotony of the daily grind.

Areas and times change: heavy industry was on the wane by the late 1960s and the last of the Lancashire collieries disappeared in the early 1990s, reflecting the decline of traditional industries nationwide. The north west railway network adapted. It has now become a predominantly passenger railway with busy commuter services feeding Liverpool and Manchester daily.

Network North West: Images of a Changing Railway chronicles many of the changes since the late 1970s, including scenes, routes and rolling stock that have altered beyond recognition.

BOOK ISBN 9781781556115
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 128 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 182 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.