Regards, Guy Vincent
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I’ve just self-published a book about private stations in Britain and Ireland. Perhaps some of your members would be interested in it. I’d appreciate any online publicity, for example.
Yours faithfully, Ruth Mansergh
The preface is as follows:
Men in Britain and Ireland, mostly peers of the realm, could give orders that a train was to be stopped at their own private station whenever they needed it, and could keep it waiting until they were ready to climb on board - as one does.... This is a story, with lesser-known quirks, of those stations - which include Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire, Earl Fitzwilliam’s in South Yorkshire and Mrs Ballentine-Dykes’ in Cumbria - and of private stations that served industry, such as mines and docks, and military facilities. Castle Howard station was essentially a private halt. One oddity was Peterhead Prison station (opened c1888), Aberdeenshire, on a private railway line from the prison (now a tourist attraction) to the quarries where the inmates worked. Another was Cripples’ Home Siding on the Basingstoke & Alton Light Railway. “Most Butlin Holiday Camps have their own railway station, and at the others transport is readily available from station to Camp. Through trains run between every Butlin Camp and the principal railway centres every Saturday during the summer holiday season,” Butlin’s advertised in 1957.