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Dudley author steams in with 49th book

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

The locomotive that is the most significant 'symbol' of the Earl of Dudley's railway system is Agenoria. Now it is at the York Railway Museum.

The locomotive that is the most significant 'symbol' of the Earl of Dudley's railway system is Agenoria. Now it is at the York Railway Museum.

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TOMORROW (Friday) local author and historian Ned Williams will be launching his 49th book The Earl of Dudley's Railway. The book describes the extensive private railway system that was built to connect the Earl of Dudley's pits with his iron works at Brierley Hill (later Round Oak Steel Works) and the canal system.

Th e 160-page book describes the routes taken by this busy little industrial railway stretching from Cradley Heath in one direction, and right up to Baggeridge Colliery in the other. The illustrated book also talks about the passenger trains that operated from Brierley Hill to Himley Hall every August from 1928 until 1938, taking the Earl of Dudley's employees to the annual fetes held in Himley Park.

The book launch will be held at 7.30.pm at Brierley Hill Methodist Church, Bank Street, Brierley Hill. Admission to the event is free.

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