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ISBN: 9780857100597
AUTHOR: Chris Gee
Steam Across The Pennines
Steam Across The Pennines
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The Pennine Hills in the North of England stretch from the Peak District in the North Midlands through to the Scottish border. They are an area of outstanding beauty and span a number of National Parks. They are home not just to glorious countryside but to some of the greatest and most picturesque examples of Britain’s industrial heritage.

These hills have long formed a natural barrier to travel and trade. The earliest traders soon established packhorse routes around and over the hills and during the eighteenth century the first road builders established turnpike roads. By the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century, the canal engineers overcame the physical challenges with a series of locks and tunnels to construct the first trans-Pennine canals.

Not long after, the Victorian engineers faced the same challenges when constructing the first railways to connect the towns and cities of Northern England. They left an admirable legacy of highly scenic lines supported by some fantastic engineering achievements which still survive today. The railway lines that survive and cross and thread their way through, over and around the Pennine Hills still see regular steam-hauled excursion trains.The locomotives continue to work hard against the challenging gradients inevitable in this landscape.

There are four main trans-Pennine routes:

The Settle to Carlisle line through the Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley.

The Manchester to Leeds route via Standedge and Saddleworth.

The Manchester to Sheffield route via the Hope Valley in the Peak District.

The Blackburn to Bradford route via Calderdale and Hebden Bridge.

The Settle-Carlisle especially is one of the wildest railways in England and the local permanent way team will tell you that it is quite common to see four seasons in one day!

This book showcases steam engines working in the landscape that draws in both passengers and photographers to witness giants of the age of Britain’s industrial glory thundering through some of the most attractive scenery in the world. In more than 140 wonderful images, Chris Gee conjours up a spectacular vision of Britain and its past at its best.

Chris Gee, a Manchester-based photographer who enjoys both landscape and railway photography, combines his knowledge of the area and his love of both subjects to produce a body of work that illustrates trains working hard within this beautiful part of the British Isles.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85710 059 7, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published September 2011.

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Expert Robin Jones looks at the engines that made Victorian Britain’s railways the envy of the world. In more than 60 images and with a sharp and incisive text, Victorian Steam is the ideal brief guide, in Halsgrove’s collectible, pocket-size format.
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In this book, with a selection from his portfolio of superb photographs, Mike Heath introduces us to the line, its historic locomotives and rolling stock, the stunning Dales’ landscape through which it passes and the many events and attractions held on and around the railway that combine to create an atmosphere of the rural branch line enjoyed by thousands of families and enthusiasts all year round.
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Mike Heath's stunning portfolio of atmospheric night time scenes featuring many of Britain’s most famous preserved steam locomotives suspended in a railway time warp as today’s 21st century backgrounds are cloaked in darkness.
Web Price: £19.99
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