Willowherb Publishing

Bradford Railways in Colour
Volume 1: The Midland Lines 

Available Easter 2018

A nostalgic look at Bradford’s busy railway network in the 1960s, with many photographs never seen in print before.
This full colour album covers the Midland Railway lines to the north of the former ‘wool capital of the world’ and reaches out to Apperley Bridge in the east, Keighley and Steeton in the west, Ilkley and Addingham in the north.
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway branch line is also featured during its last years of operation by British Railways before being taken over by a preservation society which ensured its rebirth and  rise to fame as the setting for the classic ‘Railway Children’ movie.
At the time that many of these pictures were taken, the railways of Britain were in the process of modernization and the city of Bradford was also on the brink of a change in its fortunes. The transition from steam engines to diesel power is illustrated with many images of passenger and freight trains. Views of the West Yorkshire countryside sit alongside those showing the industrial landscape that has since significantly changed or vanished forever.
The former Midland Railway engine shed at Manningham is also profusely illustrated showing the conditions in which steam locomotives were serviced and maintained.
Many evocative photographs from the decade in question depict the local and express passenger services as well as the huge volume of freight traffic that was once handled by the extensive goods facilities.
A companion volume covering the former Lancashire & Yorkshire and Great Northern lines radiating to the south of Bradford will be published in late 2018.

Full colour hardback with 112 pages (189mm x 240mm)

Bradford Railways in Colour
Volume 2: L&YR and GNR Lines 

Available September 2018

Following on from the first volume, we take another colourful look at the 1960s railway scene in Bradford and the surrounding area to the south with many pictures never seen in print before.

The second volume covers the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and the Great Northern Railway networks to the south of the centre of Bradford including Low Moor and Wyke, Laisterdyke, Dudley Hill and Drighlington to the east.

Engine depots at Low Moor and Hammerton Street depict the facilities necessary to maintain locomotives.

The GNR lines from Laisterdyke to Shipley via Idle and the famous Queensbury route from St. Dusntans to Keighley are also significantly featured in this book.

Evocative images from the 1960s feature many examples of local and express passenger services as well as the huge volume of goods traffic that was handled by the various goods facilities across Bradford.​​

Full colour hardback with 128 pages (189mm x 240mm)