Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
The 1896 Light Railways Act: The Law That Made Heritage Railways Possible
Foyalty 45

The 1896 Light Railways Act: The Law That Made Heritage Railways Possible (Paperback)

Despatched in 2 business days.


`In no other country in the world is there anything to match Britain's love affair with the steam train; nowhere else are there so many preserved railways keeping the magic of steam alive.'

In 1896, the Light Railways Act was designed to speed up the official procedures for gaining approval to construct a railway line. Originally intended to lapse in 1901, it was extended instead, and somehow stayed on the statute books long after its use had ceased.

In the 1960s, groups of steam railway enthusiasts recognised it as a possible means of gaining approval to reopen stretches of railway lines that had been closed by Dr Beeching, keeping the steam dream alive. More than half a century later, some of these restored lines have already celebrated their golden jubilees, and their popularity continues to grow. Thanks to the unintended consequence of that 1896 Act, each new generation since Beeching has had - and will continue to have - the opportunity to enjoy the magic of steam trains.

Along with a wealth of evocative images, John Hannavy explores the fascinating story behind a Victorian law with a welcome and unexpected side effect - leading to today's popular heritage railway industry.

LawJurisprudence & general issuesLegal historyLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsEnvironment, transport & planning lawTransport lawTransportTrains & railways: general interest Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/08/2019 ISBN-13: 9781445693446  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Despatched in 2 business days. Add to Basket

John Hannavy has been exploring, photographing and writing about Britain's industrial heritage for more than fifty years. A retired academic, and unashamed steam enthusiast, he is a regular contributor to Vintage Spirit and other heritage magazines, and has written and illustrated many books.

More books by John Hannavy

Leave Review


Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-7 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Click and Collect is available for all our shops; collection times will vary depending on availability of items. Individual despatch times for each item will be given at checkout.

Special delivery items

A Year of Books Subscription Packages 

Delivery is free for the UK. Western Europe costs £60 for each 12 month subscription package purchased. For the Rest of the World the cost is £100 for each package purchased. All delivery costs are charged in advance at time of purchase. For more information please visit the A Year of Books page.

Animator's Survival Kit

For delivery charges for the Animator's Survival Kit please click here.


Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Technology in Supply Chain Management...
Anthony M. Pagano; Matthew Liotine
Traffic Congestion and Land Use...
Tatsuhito Kono; Kirti Kusum Joshi
Climate Change, Public Health, and ...
Michael Burger; Justin Gundlach
Big Data Analytics for Cyber-Physical...
Guido Dartmann; Houbing Song; Anke...
© W&G Foyle Ltd
Foyles uses cookies to help ensure your experience on our site is the best possible. Click here if you’d like to find out more about the types of cookies we use.
Accept and Close