A NEW book entitled: Chester to Rhyl including the Holywell Town and Dyserth Branches has been published by Middleton Press.
The authors, Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith, both from West Sussex, first met at an exhibition of railway photographs that Vic was running.
That was 30 years ago and the pair have since gone on to write close to 400 books charting the history of local railways.
Using the old British Rail system for classifying regions, local branches are collected together in groups (this book is part of the Midlands Main Lines sub-series) as part of a wider series that can safely be called the Ultimate Rail Encyclopedia.
Displaying the unique architecture of local train stations, tunnels, sidings and bridges, the book shows how railway builders had to adapt and overcome the geography of the land and still reflect the fashions of the times.
It provides nostalgic and informative glimpses of the Age of Steam all the way to the dawn of the diesel electric, as well as offering an in-depth view into the industrial and social heritage of the local railways.