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Cumbrian Railways Association publishes new railway history book: “The Pilling Pig”

The Cumbrian Railways Association (CRA) has announced their latest publication.

This new book tells the history of the Garstang and Knott End Railway – which ran from Garstang, north of Preston, to Knott End on the Wyre estuary opposite Fleetwood.

Researched and written by CRA member Dave Richardson, this fascinating and detailed book covers the whole history of this charismatic line and its train nicknamed “The Pilling Pig”.

Starting from the origins and construction in the latter half of the 19th century, through the days of independent operation, Grouping, Nationalisation and up until final complete closure in 1965, this book provides a highly comprehensive and detailed history of this less well-known line.

As well as covering the general history of the railway, there are separate detailed chapters on the infrastructure and signalling, the goods and passenger services, the locomotives and rolling stock. As a bonus, it also covers the Preesall salt industry.

The book contains numerous illustrations, some previously unpublished photographs and a wide range of detailed layout maps showing the development of the line and the stations.

The book is 112 pages, soft backed and priced £15.00 and can be purchased from: Cumbrian Railways Association, 50 Tattershall, Toothill, Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 8BX.

Telephone – 01793 692588. e-mail: [email protected] or on line at:

CRA Chairman, Philip Tuer, says: “This new book and a growing membership shows that our Association is an active force in promoting greater understanding of the railways in and around Cumbria both now and in the past.”

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