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What have the railways done for Cambridge?

All day from Friday 9 September until Sunday 18 September

For better or worse, the townscape of Cambridge has changed dramatically in recent years, but the 19th Century saw an equally far-reaching transformation and for not dissimilar reasons to today: the activities of developers (private individuals and colleges), population growth and changes in transport.

In this illustrated talk, Tony Kirby will explore the impact of the latter: how the railways effectively created modern Cambridge and continue to influence it today. Coverage will include pre-railway Cambridge, the station itself, its surrounds (from ‘CB1’ to Romsey Town), locomotive and goods depots, the cattle market, the industries that grew up alongside the lines and the other stations within the city boundaries that have disappeared (Barnwell Junction, Cherry Hinton and Fen Ditton Halt) or reappeared (Chesterton as ‘Cambridge North’). And there will be plenty of steam, diesel and electric trains as well!

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All Ages, Talk, Online, Free