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Station Master on the Settle to Carlisle Railway Line

Tom Smith


Hard work, long hours and small pay might not be everyone’s choice, but they certainly paid off for Tom Smith, who tells in his own words of 45 years on the Settle and Carlisle line. He recalls how he saved “a good many lives” at the risk of his own and also of a fatal crash when an express train from London hit a landslide, leaving eight people dead.

However, his book is much more than a tale of life on the line in the early 20th century. It also charts a lifelong romance and a family’s history, making it perfect for those researching family tress in places as far apart as northern England and the likes of Boston and Iowa across the Atlantic.

Tom looks at how the Settle line came into being, changes to trains, signals and equipment and the goods carried in the days before road haulage, from coal, cattle and cotton to timber, potatoes and milk for London. Station Master on the Settle to Carlisle Railway Line is a “must read” for anyone interested in railways, folk from a different era or history in the counties of Yorkshire and Cumberland.



Hayloft Publishing



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Paperback; 230mm x 115mm




Black and white and colour photographs throughout