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Discovering Scotland's Lost Local Lines Hardcover – Illustrated, 16 Sep 2010


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Waverley Books Ltd (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849340188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849340182
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a young lad I was surrounded by railways. Across the road from where we lived in Gloucester was the ex-Midland Railway line to Bristol and Birmingham, behind us was the branch line down to Gloucester Docks and the Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company's Works and in the attic was an 'O' gauge clockwork railway built by my father. Boy's books and magazines were awash with railway subjects and the weekly 'Eagle' comic with its centrefold cutaway, often a railway subject, was always eagerly awaited. Unlike today, railways then were still an important part of everyday life and the long and complicated journey to our holiday destination each year was pure joy.

I distinctly remember the first time I went trainspotting. Having just passed my 11-plus exam I went on to attend secondary school where many of my classmates, aided by a plethora of Ian Allan books and magazines, had already been bitten by the craze. I was determined that the next Saturday I would catch the bus down to Gloucester Central and Eastgate stations to investigate this phenomenon. I have still got my Sterling No. 3 notebook and a pencil from that portentous day in 1957 when I hung around the stations, taking in the smell of smoke, steam and oil - I was hooked! Penzance, Paddington, Newcastle, Wolverhampton Low Level, Birmingham Snow Hill, Manchester and Sheffield were among the distant and seemingly romantic destinations of the trains that I saw on that day. There was no stopping me and over the next ten years I travelled far and wide, usually in the company of likeminded friends, to nearly every far-flung corner of British Railways in search of that elusive locomotive number or to travel on a soon-to-be-closed line. Even the introduction of those dastardly diesels failed to dampen my enthusiasm!

On leaving school I trained as a graphic designer at the infamous Hornsey College of Art in the late 1960s and went on to work as a designer and art director at several well known London publishing companies. In more recent years I have contributed to many bestselling books on railways and have more recently written Amazing & Extraordinary Railway Facts (David & Charles, 2008), Discovering Britain's Little Trains (AA Publishing, 2008), Great Railways of the World (AA Publishing, 2008), The Lost Joy of Railways (David & Charles, 2009), Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways (Waverley Books, 2009), More Amazing & Extraordinary Railway Facts (David & Charles, 2010), Discovering Scotland's Lost Local Lines (Waverley Books, 2010), The Lost Lines of Britain (AA Publishing, 2010), Steaming Across Britain (AA Publishing, 2011), Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Trains & Railways (David & Charles, 2011), The Times: Mapping the Railways (co-written with David Spaven - Times Books, 2011). Titles for 2012 include Railway Days Out (AA Publishing) and Amazing & Extraordinary Facts: Steam Age (David & Charles)


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JULIAN HOLLAND Author and photographer Julian Holland has a passion for both railways and Scotland. In addition to creating and contributing to many best-selling books on the former subject he has also written Amazing and Extraordinary Railway Facts (David and Charles, 2007), Discovering Britain's Little Trains (AA Publishing, 2008), Great Railways of the World (AA Publishing, 2008), and Lost Joy of Railways (David and Charles, 2009). As a writer and photographer he has also produced Water Under the Bridge (Collins and Brown, 1998), Exploring the Islands of England and Wales (Frances Lincoln, 2007) and Exploring the Islands of Scotland (Frances Lincoln, 2008).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2011
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Like its sister production by the same author Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways, this volume is not cheap. However once again if you buy this one you are buying quality, and I for one feel I have got my money's worth. Thirteen branch or loop lines are selected this time, all in comparatively remote rural areas, the photography, both new and old, is superb, and the short accompanying texts are clear, informative and I am sure accurate. The only oddity that I spotted was in the section on the line from Montrose to Bervie, where comparison of the three photographs from the seafront at Gourdon appears to show that the third of them is actually of a footpath and not of the railway solum.

The selection this time begins in Galloway with the branches to Kirkcudbright and Whithorn/Garlieston that came off the Dumfries to Stranraer trunk route described in the previous volume. Moving north into Ayrshire Julian Holland covers the Ayr to Dalmellington route that is still partly open for freight traffic and apparently entertains hopes of reopening to passengers as well. Heading east from there he shows us the Wanlockhead line that was once attached to the great Caledonian main trunk route from Glasgow to Carlisle and that rivalled the Princetown line on Dartmoor for bleakness and actually overtopped it for altitude. Moving further east again we come to two meandering loop lines south of Edinburgh - one linking Eskbank and Galashiels on the Waverley Route by a more circuitous way, and the other the more northerly of two alternative railway rambles from the east coast main line to St Boswell's.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Jan 2011
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Following the success of his earlier book Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways, the author presents here another selection of lost Scottish railways. Like the earlier book, this one is lavishly illustrated, while the text gives a good account of each line's history and also provides information that locals and visitors alike may find useful in seeing what remains as of 2010. Nothing is forever and that is something to bear in mind in the years ahead. That said, I can imagine that much of the information will still be relevant for many years to come, given the locations involved.

Most of the famous lost railways were featured in Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways, the most obvious omission being the Royal Deeside line from Aberdeen to Ballater. That line is featured in this book, along with a selection of other lines each interesting in their own way. I've read about the Deeside line elsewhere, but I still found it interesting to read about here and to see the pictures. If the line had been extended to Balmoral as once envisaged, would it have stood a better chance of surviving the Beeching axe? Possibly, but I doubt it.

The line I most wanted to read about here was the one from Montrose to Bervie (now officially called Inverbervie, but still usually known as Bervie), because Montrose is my ancestral homeland.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Butler on 29 Nov 2010
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An excellent book on scottish railways, with good coverage of the lost local line scene. It compliments the earlier version on lost lines.
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