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Britain has the fastest growing railway in Europe. There are growing numbers of passengers and the network now needs to expand further to be more useful. We need more lines and more stations. Throughout Britain communities are demanding the return of their lost railway services or the building of new ones.

This book was published in July 2017. Passenger usage figures are shown for most stations, as published by the Office of Rail and Road in 2016.

To rail campaigners who remember the 1960s and 1970s, it seems almost miraculous. Back then the future seemed to belong to motorways and air travel, with the railway expected to decline. Not any more.

Thirty years ago, the first edition of the A to Z guide to reopened railways was published by Railfuture's forerunner, the Railway Development Society. The booklet consisted of just 68 pages. Britain's Growing Railway now needs 192 pages to list the progress made in line and station reopenings over the past 50 years.

This sixth edition updates our 2010 edition. It gives an in-depth description of the dozens of new stations opened in the past seven years as well as reopenings since 1967 and is illustrated with photographs throughout. When published it retailed at the same price as the earlier edition (£9.95), despite 64 extra pages — but we are now offering it at just £5.00, so buy it before our stock runs out!

Britain's Growing Railway is a vital tool for rail campaigners and shows construction costs, funders, station specifications and facilities provided, with examples of stations and lines where patronage has far exceeded expectations.

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For those interested in the technical specification: 210mm x 148mm; Cover: Silk 300gsm, Text: Silk 130gsm; Cover: mat laminated 1 side; folded and Perfect Bound.


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