BOOK REVIEW: The Railways of Carnforth

The Westmorland Gazette: The Railways of Carnforth The Railways of Carnforth

THE RAILWAYS OF CARNFORTH by Philip Grosse, £25
ISBN 978-0-956970916

FILMED partly at Carnforth rail station in the midst of the Second World War, Brief Encounter is considered to be one of the best British films ever made.

And now the story of why a film crew chose the north Lancashire venue to film such iconic moments in British cinema is told in a new book celebrating the station’s history.

It explores the history of the station from its beginnings in 1846, to the fight to restore its crumbling buildings in the 1990s and to its modern day use.

Author Philip Grosse says: “In this book I have set out to describe the rise and decline of Carnforth as an important railway junction in the North West of England and show how the railway and the ironworks in the early Victorian era changed Carnforth from a small village into a working class town.”

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