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BOOKS

Coming Soon: The Pilling Pig: A History of the Garstang and Knott End Railway
For our next book we see the CRA moving out of Cumbria (if only slightly!) to turn its attention to the Garstang to Knott End branch. The book covers the whole history of this charismatic little line, from its independent days under the GKER and later the KER, through to the Grouping and then onward to nationalisation and up to closure of the final section in 1965.

There are numerous illustrations, with a wide range of maps showing the development of the stations, together with drawings of a selection of the locomotives, rolling stock and structures. There are also many hitherto unpublished photographs of the line from a wide range of sources. As well as covering the general history of the railway, there are separate detailed chapters on the infrastructure and signalling, the goods and passenger services, the locomotives and rolling stock and finally the Preesall salt industry.

A publication date will be announced shortly. View the Cover from

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  • The Cumbrian Railways Association is proud of its history as a publisher of works on the railways of Cumbria. This dates back to its first book, The Coniston Railway, published in 1985 (and subsequently revised and greatly extended in 2005). These works cover all aspects of the history of Cumbria's railways: branch lines, community and their railways, locomotives, railwaymen serving in the Great War and most recently photographic albums from the Association's historic photograph collections.

    OUT OF PRINT
    These publications are no longer available from the Cumbrian Railways Association and potential purchasers would need to try any of the several independent book shops in Cumbria who take CRA publications. Amazon may also help in this respect. Alternatively where the publication is univerally out of stock the services of UK Book World, ABE Books or any of the other on-line, second-hand book sellers may be appropriate.

    A CUMBRIAN RAILWAY ALBUM

    THE GREAT SURVIVOR (The restoration of FR 0-4-0 No 20)

    CARLISLE: 150 YEARS OF RAILWAYS

    FURNESS RAILWAY 150, A HISTORY OF THE FURNESS RAILWAY

    THE FURNESS RAILWAY IN AND AROUND BARROW

    GRANGE: A RESORT AND ITS RAILWAY

    THE KENDAL AND WINDERMERE RAILWAY

    MARYPORT & CARLISLE 150

    RAVENGLASS: ROMAN PORT TO RAILWAY JUNCTION

    SETTLE AND CARLISLE DISTANCE DIAGRAMS

    THE CONISTON RAILWAY (first edition)

    THE CONISTON RAILWAY (second edition)