Return to York

In both 2019 and 2020, for my main holiday, I stayed near York, taking in some of the surrounding railways and aircraft museums. It was with great interest that I was asked by Pen & Sword Books to carry out a proofreading exercise on a new manuscript entitled Railway Centre York, a short, illustrated history of the City of York and its surrounding railways. Author David Mather provided an interesting story, a useful starting point for anyone wishing to delve deeper into how the railways in the area evolved. Much of the book was given over to illustrating the many different modes of railway transport which have frequented York and its cathedral of a station, starting with the mighty LNER Pacific steam locomotives, through the diesel era (the Deltics and High Speed Trains), through the electric era Class 91s and culminating with the present-day Azumas and Novas, pointers to a new era of rail travel. The more humble freight and shunting engines were spotlighted, and even the diesel multiple units used from the 1950s were included. Much to interest both the railway enthusiasts and a wider readership.


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