Lincolnshire is a largely rural county, which was reflected in the early history of the railway lines.
The main lines mostly passed through on their way to somewhere else and the local traffic was handled by a large number of branch lines.
Author Alan Stennett explores the history of the railways in Lincolnshire, starting with the very early days when it was expected that Lincoln would be on a main line to the north, only to lose out to what we now know as the East Coast Main Line.
Using archive maps, original photographs and other sources, he traces the development of railways in the county, and their role in serving the great fishing port of Grimsby, 'bracing' East Coast resorts such as Cleethorpes and Skegness, the iron and steel industries of Scunthorpe and the agricultural heartland of the Fens.
Alan Stennett is a writer and broadcaster who has spent most of his life in Lincolnshire. He and his wife, Sue, live in the old Great Northern Railway station at Kirkstead, later renamed as Woodhall Junction. His seven books on Lincolnshire topics includes one on the Lost Railways of the county.