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Oxford - Birmingham : Portrait of a Famous Route
Pixton, Bob
ISBN: 1870754662
Book Number: 013256
Runpast Publishing Cheltonham, Gloucestershire, UK 2006 80 Pages b/w Photos - The story of this route throughout the steam era is covered in some detail. . This important GWR line linked Birmingham Snow Hill with places such as Solihull, Warwick, Leamington, Banbury and Oxford, and on to London. The train services, both freight and passenger, are covered all along the line during the steam era, with its changing motive power well illustrated. It was a full main line, and, even after many London - Birmingham services were diverted onto a new direct route at the southern end, its role in the cross-country railway network means it has always been very busy with long-distance workings, as well as local services. There are some pictures of the branches off the main line, such as to Stratford-upon- Avon, and also of trains that worked over parts of the route - for example those direct London services which used the original line between Birmingham and Aynho and services which went via the old Great Central route to and from Banbury. Informative captions enhance the pictures of all this activity, covering not just the trains and varied motive power in steam days, but also all the stations, plus signal boxes, freight yards etc, giving a good account of the line's fortunes over the years 
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