The Light Railway King of the North
by A. L. Barnett
65 photographs, 14 maps, 5 line reproductions
softback — ISBN 978 0 901461 15 5
h = 230mm, w = 175mm, 112pp
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Railway development has witnessed many individual talents applied to a multitude of schemes, large and small. This study is of Sebastian Meyer, an entrepreneur involved in the creation and operation of a network of minor and secondary lines in the North East of England from the 1880s onwards.
Among the dozen or so light railways promoted by Meyer were the Dearne Valley, Isle of Axholme, North Lindsey and North Sunderland. Some were successful, and some still survive, but others were not and are now just a memory in the railway history of the North East.
Dr Barnett reveals the circles within which Meyer moved; how they obtained finance and the necessary legislation; their often stormy relations with the larger companies; and their uphill struggles to stave off bankruptcy.
This is the study of a fully rounded character, for Meyer still found time to play an active part in other business and civic affairs. A splendid picture is revealed based on original research and is worthy of a place in the records of British social and railway history.
“the book offers a thorough account of Meyer’s life and work” – The Tenterden Terrier