Starlight Specials: An Overnight Success (Paperback)Dave Peel (author)
Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 04/07/2013
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These were some of the most popular and long-lived excursion trains that BR ever ran. They were cheap fare period return excursions (for 8 or 15 day holidays) that ran (overnight but without sleeping cars) between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh and vice versa. Outward journeys commenced on Friday evenings, returning on Saturday evenings a week or fortnight hence, the season running Easter to September only. Their main purpose was to compete with (and take traffic from) the night-time Anglo-Scottish holiday services that the private road coach operators offered. They were successful in doing this, and generated additional long-distance traffic for the railway as well. The trains were particularly popular with Glaswegians, who continued to patronise them in substantial numbers throughout their ten-year period of operation. This book details their introduction, development and ultimate decline - largely from a 'management' viewpoint. Being mostly nocturnal, "Starlights" were not frequently photographed, and as excursions they were not in the public timetables either, all publicity being in the form of posters and handbills, mostly confined to the three cities mentioned. Hardly surprising then that these trains were under most peoples' radar and that very little has appeared in print to explain their story.
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 11 mm
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