Written by Bob Pixton, Main Line Operations Around Manchester and The MSW Electrification is a comprehensive record of the Great Central Railway lines around Manchester.
Published earlier this year by Pen & Sword, this hardback book measures around and has 270 pages.
The price is £30, but can be picked up on Amazon for £21.77 (at the time of writing)
Throughout the book are many pictures, along with maps, gradient profiles and timetables.
The book is split into 4 main sections
The mainline to Godley
This looks at the stations, junctions, along the line starting with Manchester London Road (Now Manchester Picadilly) There is also information and pictures of the carriage and wagon works at Dukinfield, and very interesting to see the carriages on the production line.
The line to Stalybridge
This short section includes lots of photographs in and around Stalybridge.
The Manchester Central station line
Looking at the line from Manchester Central station which closed in 1969 and is now the Manchester Central conference and exhibition centre. Again this has many pictures of the stations and junctions along the way.
The final section looks at the electrification of the line to Sheffield. It includes information on the electric locomotives and electric multiple units used in the line. It also has information about the Woodhead Tunnel and details of how the new Woodhead Tunnel was created.
The many photographs in the book give a clear picture of how the railways around Manchester used to look. It was interesting to see the maps, particularly to see how some of the yards and stations were before. The addition of some timetables, posters and adverts creates a comprehensive historical archive, almost like having a museum in your hands.
Whilst it would have been nice to see a few then and now pictures for comparison, this book is still a comprehensive record of the Great Central Railway lines around Manchester.
We would like to thank Pen & Sword for providing us with a copy of the book for review.
Main Line Operations Around Manchester
A comprehensive record of the Great Central Railway lines around Manchester. No shortage of photographs and plenty of extra maps and diagrams make this a book you keep picking up to explore more
- Includes Track plans and area maps
- Includes information about the electrification of the line to Sheffield
- No shortage of photographs to tell the history of the lines
- A few comparison photographs to see how things look today would have been nice.
Value for money