Published to mark the centenary of the first train to run throughout between Manchester and Sheffield in December 1845, one has to admire George Dow and the LNER for having written and produced this booklet during the closing stages of WWII, and publishing it only weeks after VJ Day. The Sheffield Ashton-Under-Lyne & Manchester Railway would become the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire, before extending itself to London as the Great Central – a constituent of the LNER. The line carried very heavy east –west coal traffic, through the notorious twin single-bore tunnels at Woodhead, and before the war, work had begun on electrifying it at 1500 volts DC, work being suspended for the duration of hostilities. One can see the public relations value of this publication in reminding the powers-that-be of this stalled project, which would need a share of scarce materials to be completed. In the event, it would be 1954 before the work was completed, including a new twin-bore tunnel at Woodhead
As usual with Dow’s work, it is well-written and meticulously researched and a complex history of railway amalgamations is clearly explained.
PREVIEW BELOW – MAY TAKE A WHILE TO LOAD.