Building a  Railway: Bourne to Saxby

September 2009
40 colour, 65 black and white, 17 line illustrations
152 pages
32.5x23.5 cm
Publications of the Lincoln Record Society
ISBN: 9780901503862
Format: Hardback
Lincoln Record Society

Building a Railway: Bourne to Saxby

Edited by Stewart Squires, Ken Hollamby

Nineteenth-century photographs, juxtaposed with the same scenes taken in today's world, bring the building of a Lincolnshire railway vividly to life.
Joint publication of The Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology and The Lincoln Record Society.
Charles Stansfield Wilson [1844-1893] was the engineer who supervised the civil works on the railway line from Saxby to Bourne. A keen amateur photographer, he took a series of photographs during the construction phase of the line from 1890 to 1893, 72 of which were mounted in an album: this is a priceless survival indeed, as photographs of the construction of a railway in Victorian England are extremely rare.

This volume presents a selection of these illustrations, accompanied by full and extensive captions which tell the story of the construction, and detail the work of the men and machines involved. There are pictures of the various stages of construction, of temporary and permanent engineering structures, and of the locomotives themselves. The volume also includes other contemporary photographs of the Wilson family; colour photographs of what can be seen today; explanatory text, describing their significance in railway and social history; a biography of Wilson; and a history of the line and its construction.

Table of Contents

Charles Stansfield Wilson [1844-1893]
The Photographs
Appendix A. Summary of Costs, Contract No 2
Appendix B. Bourne to Saxby, by John Rhodes
Album Details
Select Bibliography


The book... greatly enlightens the dimly documented area of railway construction and is a substantive addition to railway archaeology, and an essential key to the M&GNJR - while being a fascinating example of Victorian purposive photography, tinged with social history. A natural 'must-have' for any aficionado of the 'matey line'. LINCOLNSHIRE HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY

Superbly researched [...] This is a high quality book and one must admire the effort and dedication of the editors. BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR LOCAL HISTORY website
A magnificent, sumptuous work. [...] For those who appreciate a beautifully produced book, it cannot be recommended too highly. M&GN CIRCLE BULLETIN
A fine example of how [railway literature] should be done. [...] A book that is a joy to look at. GREAT NORTHERN NEWS

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