The Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway: Chesterfield to Langwith Junction, the Beighton Branch and Sheffield District Railway

Author(s): Chris Booth 

ISBN: 9781781556283

A journey along the self-styled ‘Dukeries Route’ railway and its connections, from yesteryear to today in words and pictures.
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  • Discover the Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, the ‘Dukeries Route’

  • Read about its various connecting lines and the Sheffield District Railway

  • Maps, diagrams and many unpublished images in mono and colour

  • Highly informative and of much interest to the historian, enthusiast and modeller

When coal was ‘king’, an ambitious plan was laid for an east to west cross-country rail route to connect the Manchester Ship Canal at Warrington to a new dock to be built near the small east coast village of Sutton on Sea. It was to be grandly titled The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway. As history was to show, the line would reach neither Warrington nor Sutton on Sea with only the Chesterfield to Pyewipe Junction section and a branch to Sheffield ever being completed. Taken over by the G.C.R. in 1907, the route was primarily a coal-carrying railway with a passenger service that lasted until 1955.

Discover the former Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway, the self-styled ‘Dukeries Route’ and its branches through the lenses of photographers from a period of over 110 years. From the main line between Chesterfield and Lincoln, the Beighton Branch, the Sheffield District Railway and the Mansfield Railway to the motive power depots at Chesterfield, Tuxford and Langwith Junction, this is a glorious photographic journey from its early days to its remains in 2016.

BOOK ISBN 9781781556283
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 160 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 November 2017
ILLUSTRATIONS 206 black-and-white and colour photographs



Chris Booth has been fascinated in the Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway since reading the books The Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway and Langwith Junction: The Life and Times of a Railway Village. Since then, apart from the odd article in the railway press, little else on this railway line has been seen in book form.