The Scarborough & Pickering Railway line was opened on 16 July 1885. Having first been mooted 1848, it arrived three years after the opening of the York-Scarborough line, which branched out at Rillington and joined the hitherto independent Whitby-Pickering line. The line, however, closed in 1965, a victim of 'The Beeching Axe' and the Government's plan to substantially cut running costs and reshape the British railway system, at a time when the country's road network was growing rapidly. With its collection of 180 photographs, Scarborough & Pickering Railway Through Time brings the once busy days of the line back to life, when many thousands of holidaymakers would visit this part of the Yorkshire coast.
Robin Lidster, a native of Scarborough, is a prolific author. His previous titles for Amberley include: Scarborough and Whitby Railway Through Time and Robin Hoods Bay and Fylingthorpe Through Time. For the last thirty years he has been providing Victorian Magic Lantern shows for schools, museums and other organisations on subjects such as Victorian travel and early arctic exploration. Robin lives in Scarborough.