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Midland Main Lines: Derby to Stoke-on-Trent by Pat Hammond

Authors: Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith Publisher: Middleton Press, Easebourne Lane, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9AZ ISBN: 978 1 908174 93 2 Pages: 96 Illustrations: 183 illustrations including 37 maps and track elevations. Date: September 2016 Cover: Hardback Size: 240 x170mm portrait Price: £18.95 Index: Contents page Our journey starts at Derby and follows the LMS route southwest through Peartree before swinging westwards to Egginton Junction. Here a branch runs south to Burton-on-Trent and this branch is covered later in the book. Our route continues westward through Tutbury and Sudbury to Uttoxeter. From here a line once ran north to Buxton and Manchester, with a branch off this along the Churnet Valley. This connection has now gone, but part of the Churnet Valley route is operated as a heritage line. Continuing west we come to Bromshall from where an LNER branch to Stafford once left the main route (more of this later). Our route turns northwest through Leigh to Cresswell. A short way south of Cresswell a branch once ran to Cheadle. Details of this branch line are also included in the book. Beyond Cresswell is Blythe Bridge which is the nearest station to the Foxfield Railway to the north – also featured in the book. Continuing on our route to the northwest we reach the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent. The last part of the book follows the LNER route from Bromshall Junction to Stafford, in a westerly direction.This line no longer exists. The book follows the standard Middleton Press format with numerous black and white pictures. These have extensive captions and there are many classic Ordnance Survey extracts that together show the entire route as it once was. There is a gradient profile, reproduced timetables and ticket facsimiles, service statistics, as well as a potted history of route development and geological notes. 35

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