Carlisle Citadel Station
This is an unconventional picture story book, packed with nearly 300 photographs, drawings, diagrams and specially created images, marking the 150th anniversary of the Citadel Station at Carlisle.
This kaleidoscope is rooted in a colourful history, from the initial constructionin 1847 to Richard Branson’s promises in 1997. Apart from obvious topics such as the buildings themselves, the County Hotel, extensions over the years, and staff, there are more unusual features on display – royal visits, smuggling, strikes, wartime, wildlife.
There’s plenty to catch the attention of railway enthusiasts: steam trains and named locomotives, timetables and signal boxes, staff uniforms and track plans Those who may not be particularly grabbed by railway history will surely be intrigued by the coats of arms of the various companies who used the station, Queen Victoria’s visits, posters and press cuttings and personalities, the station bookstalls, the Royal Mail, humorous cartoons.
At a time when far-reaching changes in rail transport are in the pipeline and we are being urged to travel by train, it is salutary to be reminded of the evolution of one of the country’s most important railway centres. The compilation, with its strong emphasis on visual interpretation, is both a celebration and a valuable record.
Winner of the Border Television Prize for the Best Illustrated Book at the Lakeland Book of the Year competition 1999
Paperback; 300 x 210mm
270 b&w illustrations and photographs