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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 1st edition (24 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715319906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715319901
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A wonderful brew of nostalgia for the late, lamented branch-lines of Britain. Well illustrated with photographs, ephemera and memorabilia. -- Publishing News, August 20, 2004

About the Author

Paul Atterbury is a life-long railway enthusiast and has written several books exploring Britain's railway heritage. He is especially interested in the way that rural life depended on the railways until the mid 20th Century. He has been a presenter of the Antiques Roadshow on TV for many years. Paul lives in a converted railway carriage near Bridport, Dorset.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, in the heyday of rail travel, hundreds of branch lines all over Britain provided a service for communities that weren't located on a main line. During the twentieth century, most of these lines closed as road transport took traffic away. A few branch lines have survived against the trends. Some have been re-opened, usually by preservation societies staffed by volunteers.

This book takes a look at a selection of branch lines - survivors, preserved lines and closed lines. It is lavishly illustrated with great photographs of lines from when they were open as well as clues to the existence of former lines - embankments, cuttings, fencing and other features that give clues to what used to be.

There are also various special features on aspects of life on a branch line. I particularly like the feature on camping coaches, one of which I stayed in during the early sixties. These coaches first appeared in the thirties but disappeared during the war years. They reappeared after the war and were a feature of many branch lines serving tourist destinations until many of them were closed in the sixties. Camping coaches finally became an extinct species in 1971, as those that survived Beeching couldn't survive changing holiday fashions.

The selection of branch lines has no obvious pattern although lines that have been preserved have a better chance of being in the book than those that haven't. There were some lines whose inclusion I was particularly pleased to see. One is the Calne - Chippenham line. It closed in 1964 and I remember walking with others along part of its track bed a year or so after it closed.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By tony preston on 8 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
An excellent work depicting the atmosphere and nostalgia associated with a part of our heritage which for the most part is lost for ever.
A wonderful selection of photographs and railway associated memorabilia which, together with a helpful and informative text, takes the reader back to the days of yesteryear.
Didn't it ever rain then?
A 'must have' for both the railway enthusiast and anybody with memories of yesterday and a pride in our heritage. Read and enjoy.
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As usual Paul Atterbury brings so many memories to life in this and other similar publications.
I enjoyed this book immensely.
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By Jilly on 29 Mar. 2013
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Nice pictures and drawing with a bit of history thrown in. Not enough detail of lines that were shut down.
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