Wales and Western Region Railways

While Britain's railways reflected the cultural and technological changes taking place in society, in the West and Wales, perhaps more than in any other part of the country, a sense of continuity and heritage remained.

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Author: Brian Reading

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781398100015

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

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With stunning previously unpublished photographs documenting the end of steam railways of the G.W.R.

Modelling the Western Region

Class 150 2-Car 'Sprinter' (1984) Built by British Rail Engineering Ltd (BREL) York and turned out in Regional Railways/Provincial livery. Following privatization, some units were leased by Wales & West (later Wessex Trains, ...

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Author: John Emerson

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 9781785005282

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 192

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The Western Region of British Railways has always held a special appeal for railway modellers. Formed in 1948, the Western Region carried on the traditions of The Great Western Railway more or less unchallenged until the regions were abolished in the 1990s. Modelling the Western Region provides all the advice you need to model your own railway layout based on this fascinating region and era. This book considers the historical background of the Western Region; it reviews available ready-to-run and kit-built steam and diesel motive power; explains Western Region signalling practice; discusses rolling stock typically used on the Western Region and, finally, provides practical suggestions for branch and main line layouts. An essential reference book, fully illustrated with 203 colour, 46 black and white photographs and 19 illustrations, for all modellers of all abilities and in any scale, who wish to model the Western Region.

Railways of the Western Region in the 1970s and 1980s

There was a network of DMU services from Cardiff serving the Valleys, as well as in West Wales, being based in Swansea. Freight traffic was principally coal, steel and oil. Coal from numerous collieries and loading points went to major ...

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Author: Kevin Redwood

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445684321

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

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With a wealth of rare and previously unpublished images, Kevin Redwood documents this fascinating period in Britain’s railway history.

The Great Western Railway in Wales

Foreword T. This publication is the second to be drawn from the Welsh section of the Great Western Railway and subsequently British Railways ( Western Region ) collection of photographic negatives placed on loan with the Welsh ...

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Author: Gwyn Briwnant-Jones

Publisher: National Museum Wales

ISBN: 072000425X

Category: Railroads

Page: 80

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British Railways in the 1960s Western Region

Western Railway, most of its lines becoming the WR after nationalisation in January 1948. Some lines later became parts of other regions, notably the ex-Cambrian lines in Wales being taken over by the London Midland Region.

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Author: Geoff Plumb

Publisher: Pen and Sword Transport

ISBN: 9781473869820

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

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After the Second World War, Britain’s railways were rundown and worn out, requiring massive investment and modernisation. The ‘Big Four’ railway companies were nationalised from 1948 and the newly formed British Railways embarked on a programme of building new ‘Standard’ steam locomotives to replace older types. These started to come on stream from 1951. This programme was superseded by the 1955 scheme to dieselise and electrify many lines and so the last loco of the ‘Standard’ types was built in 1960 – and the steam locomotives had been swept entirely from the BR network by 1968. This series of books, ‘The Geoff Plumb Collection’, is a photographic account of those last few years of the steam locomotives, their decline and replacement during the transition years. Each book covers one of the former ‘Big Four’, in the form of the BR Regions they became: the Southern Railway, London Midland & Scottish Railway, Great Western Railway and London & North Eastern Railway, including some pictures of the Scottish lines of the LMS and LNER. The books are not intended to convey a complete history of the railways but to illustrate how things were, to a certain extent, in the relatively recent past and impart some information through comprehensive captions, which give a sense of occasion – often a ‘last run’ of a locomotive type or over a stretch of line about to be closed down. The photos cover large parts of the country, though it was impossible to get everywhere given the overall timetable of just a few years – mainly when the author was still a schoolboy with limited time and disposable income to get around. Pictures are of the highest quality that could be produced with the equipment then available, but they do reflect real life and real times. In simple terms, a look at a period not so long ago but now gone forever.

Wales and Western Region Railways

With stunning previously unpublished photographs documenting the end of steam railways of the G.W.R.

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Author: Brian Reading

Publisher:

ISBN: 1398100005

Category:

Page: 96

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With stunning previously unpublished photographs documenting the end of steam railways of the G.W.R.

An Indian Summer of Steam

An Indian Summer of Steam' is the second volume of David Maidment's 'railway' autobiography, following his first book 'A Privileged Journey', published in xxxx. David was a railway enthusiast who made the hobby his career.

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Author: David Maidment

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473827431

Category: Transportation

Page: 321

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An Indian Summer of Steam' is the second volume of David Maidment's 'railway' autobiography, following his first book 'A Privileged Journey', published in xxxx. David was a railway enthusiast who made the hobby his career. After management training on the Western Region, between 1961 and 1964, he became a stationmaster in a Welsh Valley, an Area Manager on the Cardiff _ Swansea main line and radiating valleys, the South Wales Train Planning Officer, the Head of Productivity Services for the Western Region and subsequently the British Railways Board, before four years from 1982 as Chief Operating Manager of the London Midland Region, the BRB's first Quality & Reliability Manager in 1986, and finally British Rail's Head of Safety Policy after the Clapham Junction train accident, until privatisation.rn This experience led to a number of years as an international railway safety consultant, and, as a result of an encounter on an Indian railway station during a business trip abroad, to found the 'Railway Children' charity to support street children living on the rail and bus stations of India, East Africa and the UK, described in 2012 by an officer of the United Nations Human Rights Commission as the largest charity in the world working exclusively for street children. All this is the background to the descriptions the author gives of the last years of steam and his many journeys and experiences during his training in South Wales and the South West, his travels all over BR from 1962 until the end of steam in 1968, his search for steam in France, East and West Germany and China and the steam specials in Britain, France, Germany and China after the demise of regular steam working. The book includes over 100 black and white and 100 colour photos, most taken by the author during his travels, and nearly forty pages of logs of locomotive performance in Britain and the continent. rn All royalties from the book are being donated by the author to the charity he founded, a brief description of which is included in the last chapter of the book.

Come to Wales

GWE The views in this selection have been chosen from the 30,000 negatives that make up the Welsh section of the Great Western Railway ( later British Railways , Western Region ) photographic collection , loaned to the Welsh Industrial ...

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Author: David Jenkins

Publisher: National Museum Wales

ISBN: 072000456X

Category: Railroads

Page: 76

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Takes you on a journey around Wales - as seen through the lenses of the Great Western Railway's publicity photographs during the first half of the twentieth century.

The Psychology of Distance

Railway regions followed boundaries radiating outwards from London with most of Wales in the Western Region . Railways in the north belonged to the London Midland Region despite being remote from London and certainly not part of the ...

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Author: Phil Williams

Publisher: Institute of Welsh Affairs

ISBN: 1860570666

Category: Ethnopsychology

Page: 84

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As the National Assembly embarks on its second term, one of its inaugural elected members assesses how far it can create a unified civic culture in the face of the many divisions that typify Welsh identity.

British Rail 1974 1997

In January 1990 the posts of General Manager, ScotRail (Scottish Region) and Provincial Manager, ScotRail, had been combined under ... East and South Wales & West—were determined, and the Provincial sector was renamed Regional Railways.

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Author: Terence Richard Gourvish

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199250059

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 739

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Britain's privatised railways inspire considerable debate about organisation, financing, and development. This volume provides an account of the progress made by British Rail prior to privatisation.