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On the Slow Train Again (Slow Train 2) [Hardcover]

Michael Williams
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Book Description

7 April 2011 Slow Train 2
Michael Williams has spent the past year travelling along the fascinating rail byways of Britain for this new collection of journeys. Here is the 'train to the end of the world' running for more than four splendid hours through lake, loch and moorland from Inverness to Wick, the most northerly town in Britain. He discovers a perfect country branch line in London's commuterland, and travels on one of the slowest services in the land along the shores of the lovely Dovey estuary to the far west of Wales. He takes the stopping train across the Pennines on a line with so few services that its glorious scenery is a secret known only to the regulars. Here, too, is the Bittern Line in Norfolk and the Tarka Line in North Devon as well as the little branch line to the fishing port of Looe in Cornwall, rescued from closure in the 1960s and now celebrating its 150th anniversary taking families on holiday to the seaside. From the most luxurious and historic - aboard the Orient Express - to the most futuristic - on the driverless trains of London's Docklands Light Railway - here is a unique travel companion celebrating the treasures of our railway heritage from one of Britain's most knowledgeable railway writers.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848092857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848092853
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I write books about railways, travel, transport, the media, and Britain - both today and yesterday. Human interest is always at the heart of my writing. My publishers are Random House, Routledge, Longman and Macmillan. I also work as a journalist contributing to a variety of national media - including the BBC, the Independent, the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph.

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"A delicious read, an evocative tour of our heritage, and a past that, in some places at least, still remain in the present" (Evening Standard)

"Charming" (Choice)

"A wonderful follow-up to his excellent On The Slow Train ... The author weaves the strands of past times, and how the railways have changed, in with the details of the present day places wonderfully well ... Williams has a languid, charming, almost hypnotic style of writing which is well worth reading for the sheer pleasure of his language" (Bookbag)

"One man's joyous account of his two-year, 30,000 mile quest to find Britain's most enchanting rail journeys" (Daily Mail)

"Charmingly personal accounts" (Cumbria magazine)

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In a follow-up to the hugely successful On The Slow Train, here are twelve more of the most beautiful and historic railway journeys in Britain. Extravagantly well-reviewed, the Daily Mail eulogised author Michael Williams' ability to recreate 'a magical world barely changed since the golden age of rail'.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb whimsical read 14 May 2011
By A. Owen
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This is a wonderful book and improves on volume one by including route maps. I have only docked a star because I think the book could be improved by photographs although, on one level, it might risk spoiling it. The descriptive text invites the reader to use imagination.

The author not only describes attractive rail journeys in the UK, some in very unexpected locations, but also characters met along the way. There are bags of historical facts from each location and the narrative is in a charming whimsical style. The story of each route is self contained making this a perfect book whether you have 10 minutes or two hours to spare. Rail buffs will love it but it is also an excellent travel book packed full of ideas for short breaks. Buy, read and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read 24 Mar 2012
One cannot but heap praise on this wonderful book. The hardcover version is beautifully laid out, the added maps of lines a bonus (somewhat missed in the first volume). The author writes in a basically factual, though never academically dry, style. It is interspersed with personal adventures and encounters with local people along the lines. So, all in all, the little book leaves almost nothing to wish for, except that there ought to be a third volume (!) and, hopefully, a filmed version presented by a Mr Portillo or the likes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On The Slow Train Again 6 Jun 2011
This is the follow up book to On The Slow Train, and what a delight.The chapter pages now have a small map, which give an idea of the route.
This is well written by the author Michael Williams,you don't have to be a train spotter or anorak to enjoy. A varied
collection of branch lines around the country are featured, so it shouldn't be too difficult for most people to try out
one or two of these lines for themselves.A cracking read!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute treat! 18 May 2011
A delightful book. Entertainingly written, Michael Williams takes the reader on another 12 engaging journeys through hidden treasures of Britain. Not just for train buffs - this book is a pleasure to read for anyone with a love of all that is quintessentially British. Easily as good as his first book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars on the slow train again 22 Oct 2011
By elaine
Very interesting if, like me, you enjoy exploring the country by train. Also, if like my son, you are fascinated by the history of train travel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read for a while then pick up again ... 14 July 2014
By B
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Amusing and interesting short stories for various railways lines around the UK. Easy to read for a while then pick up again days later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 12 July 2014
By PC User
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Interesting read, especially if you like travel books. Michael Williams is an excellent writer with a wonderful style. An excellent follow up to his "on the slow train" book
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3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as 10 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
OK. not as good as original
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautifully and very informatively written. Really takes one back.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Rider
4.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of lines.
While occasionally coming over as a bit of an elite, upper class pompous twit, Williams still manages to covey the beauty and interest of the lines he journeys with skill. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Train ride in the UK
Just like 1, it is additional to watching Michael Portillo's exploits around the UK. Probably prefer the TV version but a gentle peaceful read.
Published 8 months ago by RJW
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want a good bedtime or holiday read this is it
Well written and easy to dip into a must for anyone you loves the railways or Britain's industrial past. James Herriot without the sheep!
Published 9 months ago by T. Lockyer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
A charming, nostalgic view of the railways in their hey day. It was very difficult to put the book down.
Published 9 months ago by Norman Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars Jurnies I wish to make
Well written and enspiering to make the trips around our country
Looking forward to getting out and about again in teh not to distant future
Published 11 months ago by T M
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Holiday Read
A great take on the great British love affair with train journeys, a really entertining read for the railway enthusiast
Published 11 months ago by Mr Andrew P Peirce
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Worth a read, but not as informative or as well written as the first book. The first one grabbed my attention. This one didn't.
Published 12 months ago by Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for reading on a train journey.
A interesting book for any person who is interested in railways, or some of todays travellers who find todays trains a pain.
Published 14 months ago by R. F. Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars On The Slow Train Again
Another great dip into Michael Williams knowledge of the railways, and journeys on the slow train. Bought his first book, and this one is as good. Highly recommended.
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