Railways and the Lake District


by David Joy and Gavin Morrison

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Here is a special collaboration by two veteran recorders of the railway scene in words and pictures. Since 1967, David Joy has written over 50 books on railways and numerous aspects of the Lake District. Gavin Morrison, one of Britain’s most experienced railway photographers, has compiled more than 60 books and has gained the highest reputation for the quality of his work.

As a sequel to their best-selling Railways and the Dales, they have again decided to celebrate four decades of working together in a book that is both informative and richly illustrated. Gavin first selected his favourite photographs depicting lines serving the Lake District. David then wrote an evocative text emphasising their origins and how they have changed through to the present day. The result is a nostalgic portrayal of railways in this mountainous and much-visited corner of England.

Coverage includes the main line over Shap and the acclaimed route round the Lake District coast as well as branches past and present to Windermere, Coniston and Keswick. There are sections on the preserved Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and the recently established Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum.

About the Author

David Joy wrote his first book as sole author back in 1967. Main Line Over Shap was followed by Cumbrian Coast Railways and then a definitive volume on the Lake Counties in the acclaimed Regional Railway History series. He has been actively involved in the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and has cherished memories of travelling over closed lines such as that from Cockermouth through the heart of the Lake District to Keswick and Penrith.  

About the Photographer

Gavin Morrison got his first camera way back in 1943 and within a few years his hobby became an obsession. He has now amassed some 200,000 images in one of the largest personal collections still in the hands of the original photographer. Unlike many, he did not put his cameras away when the age of steam ended in 1968 and he continues to record the changing railway scene. He has always had a special regard for the Lake District and its railways.


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