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Keswick to Penrith Railway Re-opening

Books and History

The following books and information sources are felt to be the most reliable regarding the history of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway.
Some also look to the future.
The books listed here are not available through CKP Railways plc or Iceni Enterprises Ltd.
 Please consult your local bookshop.

Books and Publishers

The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway by Robert Western

Published by Oakwood Press in 2001, has been extensively revised.
A review in the R&CHS Journal states that it is about as definitive a history as one is likely to get.
200pp, A5, photos, maps and drawings,
ISBN 978 0 85361 5644

Unfortunately, Oakwood Press books are not currently available from us.
Selected bookshops stock the full range as available.

"Rails through Lakeland" by Harold Bowtell.

Originally published as a single volume hardback, then reprinted in two voulmes as softbacks.
Neither version seems to be currently in print, but may be available through bookshops.

Hardback single volume:

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Link Publishing Ltd (1989)
  • ISBN-10: 0947971262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947971267

  • Two volume softback version

    Rails Through Lakeland: Volume 1: The line described 
    Harold D. Bowtell
    November 1996
    Silver Link Publishing Ltd
    ISBN 13: 9781857940664
    ISBN 10: 1857940660

    Rails Through Lakeland: Volume 2: Traffic and Operation.
    Rails Through Lakeland: Volume 2: Traffic and Operation
    Silver Link Publishing Ltd,
    ISBN 10:  1857941284. 
    160 printed pages with black and white photographs.
    A detailed study of the company's locomotive and rolling-stock operations, also looks at the stations and bridges, signalling etc.

    Other books which include some description of the Keswick to Penrith route:

    "Along Lost Lines" by Paul Atterbury,
    Hardback, 256pp, illus,
    David & Charles, 2007,
    ISBN 9780715325681.

    "A walk along the Tracks" by Hunter Davies,
    Paperback, 196pp, b&w illus,
    Dent, 1993,
    ISBN 0460860992

    JOURNEY THROUGH BRITAIN - By David St John Thomas 

    • PUBLISHED: 2004
    • SIZE: 240MM X 160MM
    • PAGES: 700
    • ISBN: 0711223696

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