Network North West

Images of a Changing Railway

Martyn Hilbert

This book is a photographic journey across the historic railway network that serves the diverse area of North-Western England. It chronicles many of the changes since the 1970s, including scenes, routes, and rolling stock that have altered beyond recognition, and illustrates how the railway has adapted to the challenges of the twenty-first century.
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
Color photographs
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781556115
Pages : 96
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The North-West of England is a diverse and fascinating part of the country with a varied landscape. This area was once the powerhouse of the industrial revolution, and was the location for the World’s first true ‘Intercity’ railway, spawning a complex network of routes that served the various towns which were once hives of industry. The famous coastal resorts—Southport, Blackpool, and Morecambe were all products of the railway age, when a day trip to the seaside broke the monotony of the daily grind. However, areas and times change—heavy industry was on the wane by the late 1960s, and the last of the Lancashire Collieries disappeared in the early 1990s, reflecting the decline of traditional industries nationwide. The North-West railway network has adapted, becoming a predominantly passenger railway, with busy commuter services feeding Liverpool and Manchester daily. This book chronicles many of the changes since the late 1970s, including scenes, routes, and rolling stock that have altered beyond recognition.

About The Author

An avid railway enthusiast for many years, Martyn Hilbert has spentmuch time and effort recording the UK railway network from the 1970s to the present day. This has resulted in a large photographic archive, backed up by detailed records and notes that chronicle the many changes that the railway system has undergone in the last forty years. Still active with the camera and recording the current scene before it all becomes history, Network North West—Images of a Changing Railway is his second book published by Fonthill Media.

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