A Pictorial Presentation by Ken Lucas
The late Ken Lucas spent a year collating this book containing a selection of pictures from his own massive collection. They present an attractive profile of the railway, in its early years and towards the end when the advent of bus travel signalled its demise.
Mr Lucas argues, and who could doubt him, that in a county famed for the variety of it’s early railways, from the great joint station and engine sheds at Shrewsbury, to small branches and industrial lines, the Bishop’s Castle Railway was truly unique.
Of all the minor railways across the UK, the BCR, a railway where time pressures were at a minimum, was a subject to be pictured by hundreds of rail enthusiasts. It is not stretching things to say that for its size and location it was probably one of the most photographed lines in the country.
This is a must for railway enthusiasts and historians. Click here for Book Order Form
Bishop’s Castle Railway Journey by David Morgan
In July 2011 the family of the late David Morgan presented the manuscript of the main body of this work to The Bishop’s Castle Railway Society. Written by him in 1934 it traces his journey on the Bishop’s Castle Railway one Friday in April of that year. Eyewitness accounts of the Bishop’s Castle Railway are well known, but what makes this different is the detail and thoroughness with which it was written, and the budding railwayman’s eye for detail.
David Morgan got the chance to see the railway close up in all its decrepit glory when in the spring of 1934 he travelled from Birmingham to visit the Bishop’s Castle Railway. He was only sixteen at the time and yet to follow his career in railway engineering. We can only guess at how he got to know about the Bishop’s Castle Railway, but by 1934 its reputation in railway circles must have been well known. Craven Arms would have been an easy journey for a youth of sixteen, probably travelling to Shrewsbury, then changing to the Shrewsbury to Hereford line to reach Craven Arms in good time. He wrote this account following his visit, not only the copious notes and descriptions, but all the drawings and sketches as well. This was all typed and bound in a hard cover, and with several pictures he took with his box brownie camera.
Perhaps it was written as a school or college project, perhaps just for his own enjoyment. We shall never know. Fortunately after David passed away his family had the foresight to keep it safe and eventually it was kindly donated to the Bishop’s Castle Railway Society. Thus it was saved from the fate of so many similar documents, namely the skip or rubbish dump. The original now safely resides in the Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre, but the Society felt that the wider public should have the opportunity to share David’s memories and interest in the Bishop’s Castle Railway. So jump on board the “Castle” train and join David Morgan on his trip down the Onny Valley. Click here for Book Order Form
The Railway to Bishop`s Castle by Peter Broxholme
The Railway to Bishop’s Castle written by Peter Broxholme is the latest publication launched in May 2016. It is a 28 page history of the line and has been produced in co-operation with the Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre. Click here for Book Order Form