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I’ve always been fascinated by local history. I love to imagine how things were in different times, whether during my childhood or 100 or more years ago. I have a special interest in railways. I grew up near Cheadle Heath station and travel between Stockport’s Edgeley station and Manchester’s Piccadilly Station on most days.
I was contacted by Manchester-born railway author, Eddie Johnson, whom I first met 14 years ago. He told me he has just published the second part of his detailed history of the railway from Manchester to Crewe. The first part, published in 2007, covered the part of the route via Styal known today as “The Airport Line”.
This newly published book covers the railway from Manchester London Road station (now Piccadilly station) via Stockport to Crewe. All the intermediate stations are covered, including Levenshulme, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris, Stockport, Cheadle Hulme, Handforth, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and all stations to Crewe. To help commemorate the First World War, there is a special section on railway traffic along the line during the period around 1916.
The book comes with a detailed map and of course there are lots of local photographs including many unpublished ones from Eddie Johnson’s collection.
The book is 144 pages long, and is available from the Ian Allan bookshop on at the bottom of the approach to Manchester Piccadilly station, price £23.99.