In this book, Howard Sprenger provides a pictorial history of the North Staffordshire Railway and London & North Western Railway lines that connected Uttoxeter, Ashbourne and Buxton.
Britain has often been labeled a nation of eccentrics, as Benedict le Vay's guide to his fellow Britons' bizarre behavior seems to prove! This extraordinarily readable guide explores all that is odd, way-out, or downright mad in England, Scotland, and Wales. This is the only working travel guide to British eccentric trivia, so this is the book for those who have ever fancied staying in an English folly, touring around eccentric British stately homes and pubs, visiting amazing museums, or taking part in bizarre events, such as the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships or the Lawnmower Grand Prix! This guide features:
The Rough Guide Snapshot to The West Midlands and the Peak District is the ultimate travel guide to this varied part of England. It guides you through the region with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the sights and attractions, from Shakespeare's Stratford to Ironbridge Gorge, and vibrant Birmingham to the bucolic Peak District. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best cafés, restaurants, hotels, shops, bars and nightlife, ensuring you have the best trip possible, whether passing through, staying for the weekend or longer. Also included is the Basics section from the Rough Guide to England, with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around England, including transport, food, drink, costs, festivals, sports and outdoor activities. Also published as part of the Rough Guide to England. Full coverage: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Coventry Cathedral, Worcester, Great Malvern, Hereford, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, the Wye River Valley, Hay-on-Wye, Ironbridge Gorge, Much Wenlock and Wenlock Edge, Shrewsbury, Church Stretton and the Long Mynd, Ludlow, Birmingham, Lichfield, Derby, Ashbourne, Hartington, Buxton, Castleton, Edale, Hathersage, Eyam, Baslow, Chatsworth and Bakewell. (Equivalent printed page extent 98 pages).
The coming of the railways signalled the transformation of European society, allowing the quick and cheap mass transportation of people and goods on a previously unimaginable scale. By the early decades of the twentieth century, however, the domination of rail transport was threatened by increased motorised road transport which would quickly surpass and eclipse the trains, only itself to be challenged in the twenty-first century by a renewal of interest in railways. Yet, as the studies in this volume make clear, to view the relationship between road and rail as a simple competition between two rival forms of transportation, is a mistake. Rail transport did not vanish in the twentieth century any more than road transport vanished in the nineteenth with the appearance of the railways. Instead a mutual interdependence has always existed, balancing the strengths and weaknesses of each system. It is that interdependence that forms the major theme of this collection. Divided into two main sections, the first part of the book offers a series of chapters examining how railway companies reacted to increasing competition from road transport, and exploring the degree to which railways depended on road transportation at different times and places. Part two focuses on road mobility, interpreting it as the innovative success story of the twentieth century. Taken together, these essays provide a fascinating reappraisal of the complex and shifting nature of European transportation over the last one hundred years.