|In 1852, the Great Northern Railway, opening an important section of its main line between London and Doncaster, crossed the Midland Railway's 1846 branch between Nottingham and Lincoln on the level just north of Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire. The resultant inconvenient ?flat' crossing became, and will continue to remain for the next few years, one of the most emotive symbols of the intense and almost unfettered rivalry between Britain's fiercely independent Victorian railway companies. This rivalry and the effect of the Midland and Great Northern railways and their successors on the economy of a small Midlands market town including its surrounding area, is at the heart of this book. From the earliest railway plans of the 1830s through to the recent revival of passenger services, the events of the past 150 years make a fascinating story. There is a wealth of information mostly from primary sources in this comprehensive local history, and the majority of illustrations have never been published before.
For the past 21 years the author has worked as a curator at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in Shropshire, and is currently their Head of Education. But he was born and brought up in Newark, and a number of his relatives worked on the railways locally. This first hand experience of railways in his home town has led to a life-long interest in railway history.
The book is to A5 format and consists of 256 pages with around 200 photographs, maps and plans etc. It is casebound with a gold-block spine and a laminated colour dust jacket and colour endpapers.
Michael A. Vanns