The Lake District is under siege from the car; Keswick in particular is a town which is
popular with visitors (over 5 million every year) and a centre for local industries,
is being strangled by ever growing traffic congestion. Visitors rate traffic as one of
main factors which threaten to spoil the National Park but most arrive by car !
railway from Penrith, on the West Coast Main Line, was run down and finally
in 1972 amid great controversy - it has been sorely missed.
This book summarises the background
work done, collating information and
arguments which justify the construction of a
modern railway to provide everyday
transport services into and out of the northern Lake District, not to amuse
There is an aerial photographic survey of the line, maps and diagrams, tables
and illustrations of the type of railway being created.
ISBN 978 1 902543 01 7
28 pages, 6 illustrations
Cedric Martindale’s responses to a Government consultation on Integrated Transport in 1997 which listed 27
specific issues for discussion. Offers ideas on ways to reduce the damaging dependence on motor cars – in some areas
households do not have access to cars at all;
in others the only car takes the breadwinner to work and leaves others stranded.
The old, young, infirm and those who would rather not use cars are excluded from
everyday activities, essential shopping, medical services and leisure facilities.
Some of his ideas about funding of transport projects were reflected in
Government statements, even before publication of the White Paper.
Seven Bells from Silloth
ISBN 978 1 902543 00 0
This book is
a chronicle of a branch line from the 1930s to the early 1950s taken
the railway’s own records, supplemented by notes on articles in the local
newspapers of the time. It should appeal to railway and general historians as well as
those simply curious about how a railway coped from day to day in the steam age.
Many local people will find relatives or friends mentioned in the pages.
Historical records can be dry and dusty but this one is full of incidents both amusing
and tragic as well as a wealth of information on the day to day operation of a line
which shows far more activity than many would believe on a “rural branch line”.
The records cover the Second World War period, listing Air Raid Warnings and other
consequences of the conflict - many of which will not have been publicised due to
reporting restrictions. The supporting newspaper articles show how important therailway and its staff
were to the community of Silloth.
- an independent view
ISBN 978 1 902543 04 8
pages, 77 illustrations plus tables
A broad study of what passenger and freight transport – by all modes - should
be doing and how it can be made relevant to people’s everyday needs.
It discusses what people need from transport, offers opinions on planning and implementing transport projects
in a wider context including community needs, service provision, value for money, land planning, housing, energy supply, environmental
impacts, farming and food conflicts.
The book offers regional, national and international
It is intended
to be thought provoking and encourage communities, transport providers, authorities and politicians - at all levels - to take
a fresh look at transport before uncoordinated development, the decline of fossil fuels and climate change make some choices
hard or impossible.
A Fine Art print of the Lakes Express
Lake in winter.
Available as a print
x 24” rolled in a tube)
on Greetings Cards
(6” x 8”, blank inside, with white envelope)
£ 1.40 each
Film professionally made just before closure in 1972.
DVD available from
Iceni Enterprises Ltd.
£ 14.00 per copy, post free.
additional information on the history of the Railway and the
Film of the line, its staff and local personalities just before closure.
Footage from the last day of operation and demolition thereafter.
VHS cassette no longer produced.
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