Tuesday, 27 March 2012

NEW BOOK - Boxford Station - Stations of the GWR

My good friend Charles D'Arvelle has published his  fourth book in his series on the Lambourn Valley Line.

An appealing history of a once busy rural station on a branch line of the Great Western Railway. 

Boxford was for many years a bustling little rural station on the branch line from Newbury to Lambourn. It is closed now, but some of the older residents can still remember the trains rattling through the station.

In this book we learn when Newbury West Fields was built and why. The impact the station had on the surrounding area is explained and the type of freight and passengers that used the station are explained.

The book also tells the tale of Charlie Brown, porter here for 36 years and takes a look at the locomotives that ran on the Lambourn Valley line on which this station stood.

In 1905 the LVR was taken over by the GWR and the entire branch line was upgraded and brought to GWR standards. The line remained open until 1964, but is now closed, the tracks lifted and the stations gone. How this station was affected is described.

This book is one of the Lambourn Valley Railway series that looks in detail at the stations along that now closed branch line. The Lambourn Valley Railway series is part of the Stations of the Great Western Railway collection published by Bretwalda Books

About the Author
Charles D’Arvelle is a railway enthusiast who has a particular fascination with closed branch lines. He has spent many happy hours tracing the locations of closed stations, abanoned sidings and lost railway tracks. He declares it is a great way to get out and explore the British countryside.

The FaceBook page for the book series is HERE
You can buy the book HERE

1 comment:

  1. Another New Book
    The Elizabeth Bidder Diary
    This is an amazing diary of an eighteen year old girl's adventure in 1858 when she sailed on Robert Stephenson's yacht 'Titania' from Southampton to Alexandria with fascinating descriptions of visits to ports of call on the voyage.

    She writes a vivid and lively story of these many interesting places in a fresh and uninhibited way which almost makes the reader feel that they are part of the scene.

    Of course, Robert Stephenson was famously known amongst his many achievements, as the designer of the acclaimed 'Rocket' locomotive in Newcastle upon Tyne which convincingly won the 'Rainhill Trials' in 1829 and which subsequently prompted and transformed the country and the world by the introduction of railways for the transport of goods and people.

    There were other intrepid passengers on the yacht an iron-hulled two masted schooner ninety one feet overall who bravely endured storms and illness during the sixteen week journey but who were rewarded by gaining a remarkable insight into ways of life which have long since disappeared.

    The reader can share their experiences with much pleasure as the pages turn and the adventure unfolds.