A Rural Railway Byway

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a history of a little-known railway , the Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway (SMLR). Written by Peter Johnson, the story begins in the 1860s and a somewhat complicated gestation period, full of proposals and counter-proposals. The railway, through most of its life, lived a hand-to-mouth existence, mainly due to railway politics, such as competition with bigger neighbours. Between the two world wars, it became part of Colonel Stephens’ light railway empire, but perhaps only fulfilled its promise during the Second World War and after, when it was upgraded to serve a network of ammunition depots. Closure came in stages, starting in 1960. A well-written and researched book, shining a light on a largely forgotten organisation.


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