The Bishop's Stortford Dunmow & Braintree Branch, Great Eastern, Oakwood Press
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The Bishop’s Stortford,Dunmow and Braintree Railway was initially the brainchild of East Hertfordshire businessmen. Onopening to traffic the railway was absorbed by the Great Eastern and during the halcyon days before the advent of the motor vehicle, business was good and the branch provided an essential service to the local community. As roads and motor vehicles improved, the parallel main road from Bishop’s Stortford to Braintree quickly attracted passengers away from the railway and trade rapidly declined to the extent that services were withdrawn in March 1952, a decade before the Beeching era.Freight continued for a further period and then declined rapidly. The condition of the viaduct near Dunmow effectively led to the closure of the central section of the branch and thereafter the remaining sections at each end remained open for short periods before closing. Now all is silent, many fixed assets are gone. Card-covers, please see photo two for the contents page. Number 235 in the LP series. Published in 2010 Second Revised Edition. 352 pages thick, with over 280 illustrations, which include black and white photos, track layouts/plans, drawings, timetables etc. Very good condition with light cover wear. I am selling another Oakwood Press.