The Wigan Junction Railways by Dennis Sweeney.
Late arrivals on the scene in this part of Lancashire, the Wigan Junction Railways were tempted by the large and expanding coalfield to the south east of Wigan in the areas of Abram, Bickershaw and Westleigh. However, any incursion into what was the preserve of the London & North Western Railway would be problematic. The trials and tribulations of constructing a railway from Glazebrook, by a junction with the C.L.C route, to Wigan would test the resolve of the Wigan company to the limit and without the financial clout of their paymasters, the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway they would undoubtedly have floundered in the attempt. Far more ambitious schemes from Wigan to the Fylde Coast would never see the light of day and the line to Wigan regarded as a backwater of the Great Central and later London & North Eastern Railways.
127pp, 139 illustrations, some in colour, O.S. maps, diagrams etc.