Railways in England 1826 & 1827

Concerning Railways in England: Observations collected during a journey in the years 1826 and 1827 by C. Von Oeynhausen and H. Von Dechen. Translated from the German text by E. A. Forward. Edited by Charles E. Lee and K. R. Gilbert.

Published for The Newcomen Society by W. Heffer and Sons Ltd., Cambridge, 1971

Large octavo, 83 pages, index, folding plan and 5 plates.

£5 post free in the UK. Overseas customers please contact me for a postage quote.

Von Oeynhausen and Von Dechen were Prussian mining engineers who came to England around 1826 to examine the railways. Their report was published back home but seemingly it was not known in the UK until J. G. H. Warren happened upon it and used some of the information in his “Century of Locomotive Building by Robert Stephenson & Co., 1823-1923. It was eventually published in full by The Newcomen Society in 1971.

The book mainly covers northern railways; there are chapters on the Wrought-Iron Railway at Darlington, the Cast-Iron Railway from Hetton Colliery to Sunderland, the Great Railway from Liverpool to Manchester and the Railway from Bolton-le-Moors to Leigh. A further chapter gives a “short description of some other railways in England.

Rosedale Mines and Railways

by R. H. Hayes and J. G. Rutter. Updated and expanded edition published by Scarborough Archaeological & Historical Society, 2021. Octavo, 159 pages, illustrated. Paperback. £8 + £2.50 p&p.

Originally a 32 page booklet published in 1974, it has been considerably updated “with extensively researched additional archive material, enhanced images, and improved mapping…….many people have considered an updating of the original booklet an important project, especially considering information which has been discovered over the intervening years and particularly during the extensive work undertaken by the Land of Iron project (2016-2021).

This book gives us an opportunity to better understand Rosedale’s magnificent industrial archaeological sites, for so long undiscovered by the wider community, and the important role our remote dale had to play in Victorian and Edwardian ironstone mining and railway history.”

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