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The story of building the Settle to Carlisle Railway from newspapers of the time The New Railway to Scotland

David Occomore


Building the Settle and Carlisle Railway was without doubt an enormous civil engineering project for late Victorian engineers. Even today with all our advanced techniques and equipment it would still be a major undertaking. The very terrain that this railway crossed ensured that there would be bridges, tunnels, and viaducts every few miles.

A New Railway to Scotland is the first major collection that has been put together, of contemporary accounts from local and national newspapers written at the time describing the Settle to Carlisle Railway during its construction. The articles include many of the dangers and accidents that happened to the work force. There is a description of the route during building plus the opening and subsequent operation.
This book forms an almost monthly diary of events covering the period from 1865 to 1908. It is generously illustrated with 62 black and white photographs from the time.


Hayloft Publishing Ltd



Publication Date:

2020 March


Paperback; 245 x 185mm




Black and white illustrations throughout