Starlight Specials (Paperback)

Dave Peel

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The Starlight Specials were an overnight success. In the 1950s and 1960s these cheap return excursion trains ran overnight between London and both Glasgow and Edinburgh, departing on a Friday evening from Marylebone station and then returning on a Saturday evening a week or a fortnight later. The main purpose of these nocturnal trains was to compete with the Anglo-Scottish services being offered by the private coach companies in the 1950s and 1960s. Not only were they successful in doing this, they also generated long-distance and profitable traffic for British Railways. Dave Peel looks at this lesser-known aspect of Britain's railway history, a popular service that spanned ten years of service at the twilight of steam. He examines their rise and their fall, their excesses and failures.


Product Details

  • Product code: AKTZF
  • ISBN: 9781445641423
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 23.5cm x 16.4cm
  • Pages: 128
  • Publish date: Thu Aug 28 00:00:00 BST 2014
  • Book points: 11

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