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Railways initially developed to carry freight but, quickly, it became clear that there was a demand for passenger traffic as well and these new travellers required facilities – the railway station was born. Whilst the vast majority of stations opened before 1900 survived into the post-Victorian era, a significant number did not and, in a prequel and companion volume to the well-received British Railway Stations Since 1901, where the 9,000 or so in existence in that period were identified and located, this book examines those stations that were opened during the 19th century and were not to survive into the 20th.


Some 1,200 stations are covered. Each has a small map, with information provided, that includes the Ordnance Survey 10-digit National Grid Reference, where known, and the site’s current status.


An appendix lists some of those that had only the briefest of existences and as, a result, were excluded, plus a large majority of those which were rebuilt on the same site (and thus had continuous use into the 20th century), but even these additional sites do not embrace all of those that the timetables showed.


With its comprehensive information about closed stations, this book is an excellent companion to the many railway atlases and station chronologies and will be of assistance to all those who like to visit disused railway sites or enjoy walking or cycling along the many converted trackbeds that exist in Britain.

British Railway Stations 1825 - 1900 - An Essential Gazetteer


    Published by : Unique Books October/November 2023
    Cover Price : £17.99

    Binding : Paperback - 160 pages
    Dimensions : 150mm x 210mm portrait
    ISBN : 978 0 913555 15 3
    Words : 5,000 approx.
    Illustrations : Approx. 1,000 maps
    Publication : October/November 2023



    Paul Smith, who lives in the West Midlands, is a much published author whose detailed researches with other authors into the history of railways stations and engine sheds have resulted in a number of well reviewed publications. Over the years he has visited every open railway station in Great Britain and recorded the scenes - this volume is the result of these peregrinations and is complete to the end of 2021


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