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Ireland (Regional Railway History) [Hardcover]

J.W.P. Rowledge
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Transport Publishers; New edition edition (Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090689963X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0906899632
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A 16th and final volume in the REGIONAL HISTORY OF RAILWAYS series which covers Ireland's railways, portraying the 3,500 miles of lines against the country's social and economic background.

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By Mr. N. Morgan VINE VOICE
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This book was the last volume to be published in the "A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain" series - although it can rightly be argued that Ireland is not part of Great Britain!

Be that as it may, this now rare book is well worth reading by anyone interested in the history of Britain and Ireland's railways as it contains pretty much an accurate as possible potted history of the the railways of Ireland. With the first volume (The West Country) being first published in 1960, the entire series was progressively published (and numerous volumes were updated & reprinted several times) over the next 35 years.

Where this book REALLY falls down though is in the pre-publishing proof reading - or rather the lack of it! "Losing" something becomes "Loosing" for instance: the book also mentions a railway line that was opened in (I think from memory) 1958 and closed in 1932. Sorry, impossible! Opened in EIGHTEEN fifty-eight and closed in 1932 is more like it... and so on! These numerous compositional or typographical errors are down to nothing else than sloppy proof-reading before publication. Such poor proof-reading standards were not allowed to pass uncorrected in the volumes produced by the original publishers of the series i.e. David & Charles of Newton Abbot.

Shame really, as to me, the poor proof-reading of this book mars the overall quality and provides a poor conclusion to a great and unmatchable series of railway history books that in my opinion are nothing less than superb and desperately in need of updating and reprinting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last Piece in the Jigsaw 1 Sep 2013
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I was bound to "like" this as it is the last volume in the series. The scholarship is fine and the work is well written.
There is a but however .... the proof reading is very poor - numerous typos loose for lose and lines closing before they opened eg Opened 1962 but all traffic had ceased by 1932. This is just shoddy but it will never be remedied as a new edition is out of the question. Pity as it mars an excellent work.

Published by Atlantic Press - i don't think we had this problem with earlier volumes published by David and Charles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the ideal book if you want research details on Irish Railways 17 Jan 2012
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The final edition of the Regional History of Railways, vol 16, Ireland, is crammed with the sort of detail needed for research purposes. Not the sort of book I would recommend for cover to cover reading but a great reference book. I believe it is out of print and not a lot were printed, making it an expensive book but worth it if research is your want. It has the best index to be found in any railway historical book.
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