Slough to Newbury

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Slough to Newbury(Western Main Lines)


Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith


Middleton Press


1 901706 567


A photo of Hampden and King Charles I at Newbury Racecourse station with coaches full of racegoers adorns the cover of this book which describes the passenger line from Slough to Newbury.

Vic Mitchell's books have a common format starting with the geographical setting, historical background and a description of the train services before discussing each line and the stations on it (with many early pictures and maps). There are plenty of timetables, maps, images of tickets, railway company notices etc. The books are reliant on old photographs being available and when a station appears in more than one book, the authors endeavour to put different pictures. They are a must for anyone planning to model specific places.

The description of the lines starts with a ten page section on Slough including steamers, cats-whisker DMUs, HSTs and the Bristol Pullman (Blue Pullman)

West of Slough and Burnham follow, before a section on Taplow.

East of Maidenhead starts with a very old drawing of the station and some images of the two span rail bridge being widened and an interesting photo and diagrams of a flood relief tunnel being inserted under the quadruple track.

Sections on West of Maidenhead, Twyford follow before a section on East of Reading with diagrams of the track leading to the Huntley & Palmer’s biscuit factory and a photo of a fireless locomotive using the Southern Tunnel (which has now been re-instated)

Reading follows with some great views of the track and then sections on Reading Shed, Reading West and South of Reading West. It is fascinating to compare these sections with the work currently going on to upgrade Reading station and the tracks.

The final section of the books started with East of Theale, Theale (with a photo of the GWR Road Motor Department), West of Theale (showing the Murco sidings), East of Aldermaston, Aldermastonn, Midgham, West of Midgham and Thatcham before Newbury Racecourse is reached with a picture of 6010 King Charles I being turned with Newbury Racecourse Signal Box in the background. The book ends with Newbury Station featuring HST, L571 DMU, 165 DMU, a GWR built diesel railcar and steam trains

All of Middleton Press books are in black and white.

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