Author(s): Martyn Hilbert
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.
|FORMAT||235 x 165 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||15 July 2017|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||182 colour photographs|