This book provides the first comprehensive look at rail in the City of Leeds from its beginnings in 1834 to the present day. It examines both passenger and freight traffic in and around the city, from the growth and development of early railways and tramways through to the subsequent decline, the abandonment of the tramways in 1959 and the savage Beeching cuts of the 1960s. Post-war transport planning is highlighted, demonstrating the bias in favour of road building. Happily, the present-day resurgence of railways is beginning to turn the tide.
Among the many topics covered are: Train services: local, inter-city and regional, together with named trains, excursions and specials; Locomotives and rolling stock; Freight depots, sidings and services; Made in Leeds: a survey of Leeds locomotive and railway manufacturers; Leeds city centre railway stations old and new; A-Z of suburban Leeds railway stations with sketch plans; Trams and railways in wartime; Operating staff; Railway infrastructure: bridges, tunnels, gradients, junctions, level crossings, signals and signal boxes; Transport policies since 1945; Failed schemes; Accidents; and, the industrial heritage of Leeds and preservation schemes.
Alan Haigh has had a life-long interest in railways and engineering. He served an engineering apprenticeship at Robert Hudson Ltd, then became Chief Mechanical Engineer of Leeds boilermaker E. Green & Son. For many years he was Secretary of Transport 2000 - West Yorkshire, which campaigned for better public transport. Now retired, he still lives in Leeds.