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Country Railway Routes
Mansfield to Doncaster
via Shirebrook & Shireoaks
by Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith
The route ran north along the eastern flank of the extensive coalfields, where communities were not large. Thus coal trains were more numerous than passenger services. These mostly ceased early. However, the diversity of stock shown is most enjoyable and sometimes surprising. A section of the route is now part of the Robin Hood Line.
'The restoration of the Mansfield to Shireoaks section gives a good reason for several modern pictures alongside dirty locomotives and battered coal trucks. Many of the maps are fascinating.'
(Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society, July 2019)
'Not only is this a record of the railway but shows the decline of the coal industry, though in the former the Robin Hood Line has seen a refreshing resurgence.... It inspired me to learn more about this area.'
(The Railway Observer, Vol.89, No.1083, May 2019)
'Packed full of photographs, maps, plans and timetables, the book is a fascinating dip into the area's railways of the past... Each picture has a detailed caption so the reader can see when and where it was taken and the book is helpfully divided into areas so you can find out about the place where you live or are interested in.'
(Chase Magazine - Rotherham Advertiser, February 2019, Issue 66)
[Reviews on both Mansfield to Doncaster and Chesterfield to Lincoln:]
'Coverage in both the books is excellent and to the usual Middleton Press standards....
...the details visible of the colliery equipment etc., makes them relevant to any reader with an interest in mining locations and infrastructure, even if the purchaser's specialist interest is geographically elsewhere.'
(SLS Journal, January/February 2019, No. 915, Vol. 95)
'This prolific publisher continues to produce excellent reviews of the history of railways in a particular area or on a particular line... These books are no exception, with well researched captions and generally good quality photographs. With some images being well over 100 years old, allowances have to be made for the sharpness of older ones.'
(The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum, No.166, Winter 2018/19)
- Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith
- Country Railway Routes
- Middleton Press Ltd
- 20 October 2018
- 240 x 174 mm
- 96 Pages
Large Scale Maps
Other details of local history
|Langwith Whaley Thorns||32-33|
|Elmton & Cresswell||34-38|
|Dinnngton & Laughton||57-60|
|Maltby Main Colliery||66-68|
|Tickhill & Wadworth||81-82|
|Sutton in Ashfield Town||93-96|
|Skegy for Stanton Hill||97-101|