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Harton Electric Railway


The Harton Electric Railway (located in South Shields on Tyneside) must surely be one of Britain's most remarkable railways! Built to transport coal from pits to staiths on the River Tyne for shipment, using overhead electric traction, this highly successful system operated for more than 80 years. Although the railway has been covered in numerous magazine articles over the years this is the first major history to be written about this unique railway. The book covers from 1908 when the line was first electrified, using German-built Siemens overhead electric locomotives until the system's closure in 1989. There are drawings of the locomotives and rolling stock, along with maps, 10 track plans and other ephemera. 144 pages of text, plus almost 100 superb photographs reproduced on 56 pages of art paper, A5 format, with a fold-out map of the system,



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