|This is a reprint of a book first published by us in 1984. A through route linking the Midlands and the North with the port of Southampton had been the dream of railway promoters since the early days of railway mania. It seemed the dream would at last be realised in 1873 with the establishment of the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Junction Railway Company.
This history attempts to trace the story of that railway from those early years, taking the reader from the rain-soaked field just outside Newbury in which Lady Carnarvon tumed the first sod, through the bitterly fight for direct link with Southampton, the endless arguments with the GWR and LSWR, its wartime heyday and ultimately on to its decline and closure.
In addition to the account of the line's fascinating history, also featured are details of operation, locos used, traffic handled (including statistics), wartime rebuilding, route description, station notes, etc. There are over 300 varied photos including views of the Second World War alterations, maps, track plans of each station, signalling diagrams and scale drawings of selected buildings.
· Chapter 1 - Great Expectations 1873 - 1891
· Chapter 2 - A Fight for Recognition - 1891-1923
· Chapter 3 - The Lean Years - 1923-1939
· Chapter 4 - The Great Awakening - 1939-1948
· Chapter 5 - A Time for Economy - 1948-1955
· Chapter 6 - The Line Described
- Part 1 - The Route in the 1950's
- Part 2 - The Stations
· Chapter 7 - The Final Years - 1955-1966 BR's Rural Crumb Catcher
- The Working Agreement
- Locomotives used on the Line
- Traffic dealt with at Stations
- Scale Architectural Drawings
By Paul Karau, Mike Parson, Kevin Robertson
Hardback. 225x280. 232 pages