Winner of 2014 Ian Allan Best Railway Book of the Year
Branch Lines of Strathearn - Tourists, Tatties and Trains, published jointly by the Caledonian Railway Association and Lightmoor Press, covers the history of the railways within this key part opf Perthshire.
This volume follows the style established by our previous publications and is summed up in the author's words:
Sir Walter Scott once described Perthshire as ‘the most varied and the most beautiful’ county in Scotland. Within Perthshire, Strathearn fully merits this accolade, with Upper Strathearn renowned as a tourist destination, and the lower reaches being a rich agricultural area.
For over a century, the branch lines of Strathearn were an integral part of this district. This comprehensive history of those lines is the culmination of research over fifty years, drawing on many original documents and contemporary accounts.
Lavishly illustrated with nearly 300 photographs, many never previously published, and over 200 other illustrations, it traces the development of these branch lines from the opening of the Crieff Junction Railway in 1856 to the closure of the last section of line in 1967. This book also details the part these railways played in the development of the district and the communities they served, including a chapter on Gleneagles Hotel, all of which will be of interest to the general reader as well as the railway enthusiast.
This book has now sold out and is no longer available to purchase through the Association.