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On The Slow Train: Twelve Great British Railway Journeys (Slow Train 1) Kindle Edition

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'A magical world barely changed since the golden age of rail' -- Daily Mail

'On track to a trip back in time' -- Daily Telegraph

'Captivating' -- Sunday Express

'Deep in our soul, the railways represent an idyll that we love' -- Independent

'Even in the age of the Pendolino and Eurostar, the slow train lives on. The book provides evidence of a Britain that is as forgotten as the lines on which Michael Williams travels ... This is its strength'
-- Christian Wolmar, The Oldie

'Superb narrative, interspersed with dry humour, acute observations and some excellent anecdotes that make you feel feel you know the lines so well that you want to travel on them ... a fascinating series of journeys' --Railway Magazine

'Michael Williams takes us along memory lane but his description of each route encapsuates a taste of 21st century Britain gleaned from the people he talks to along the way'
--Heritage Railway

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An unashamed tug at the heartstrings for a lost era, a time before Dr Beeching chopped the heart out of the British countryside. Renowned railway writer Michael Williams takes us on 12 of the most beautiful and historic railway journeys in Britain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1208 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Digital (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F2QNVU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Williams takes us on twelve journeys on selected rail routes. These are not preserved railways run by enthusiasts, but parts of the ordinary railway network that were spared by Beeching when he swung his axe at the British rail map back in the 1960s. The twelve routes are all charming, exotic or unusual in some way. One or two of them, such as the Settle-Carlisle railway, are well known and have been written about many times before, but we also experience other, far more obscure, rail trips. Mr Williams is an engaging travel companion, though one or two of the chapters might seem slightly dull to readers who are not railway enthusiasts. However, I defy anybody not to get excited at the romance of the nightly sleeper from Euston to the Scottish Highlands - I'll be buying a ticket sometime soon. This book is well worth reading and will tempt you to holiday in the UK this year - see you at the Berney Arms! If you enjoy this book you night also like "Eleven Minutes Late" by Matthew Engel and "Britain From The Rails" by Benedict le Vay.
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This is a wonderful book which is beautifully written and utterly captivating. The journeys (and stories told) are carefully selected to interest railway enthusiasts and the general traveller. As others have suggested, if you enjoy this, then Britain from the Rails and Eleven Minutes Late are also highly recommended. This was my favourite of the three, however. I do hope that Michael Williams writes a sequel.
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What a charming book! Written with a light humorous touch, no need to be a railway fan to enjoy it. It really brings to life the chosen rail journeys... I'm off to buy a ticket right now!
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Thoroughly enjoyed this amble along the railway highways and more often byways, and enjoyed the author's obvious knowledge and scholarly research into some of the obscure facts along the lines. I read most of it whilst commuting on SouthWest Trains, rushing through Surbiton whilst the author was arriving at Mallaig.
The book suited the Kindle well and I am currently eyings its sequel
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Really good, anecdotal travelogue. Very evocative. Lots of history. Made me want to follow in the author's footsteps for myself. Highly readable. Only criticisms, some photos would have been nice, as would a diagrammatic map of the line being travelled. We could argue forever about what lines should and shouldn't have been included but the variety of the journeys chosen suggests good research and a wish not to bore the reader with repetition. Not really a train-spotter's book but definitely for those who enjoy getting there by the slow train as much as arriving!
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I just love this. I am a railway enthusiast and writer - NOT an anorak. I've been on quite a few of the journeys in the book and am looking forward to doing the others. I just love the chatty, informative style. Anyone who likes travelling by rail and who hasn't been put off by commuting - which is not the same thing - will find this irresistible. I just love it!
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Reading this book, I felt I was actually on the train journeys. I needed to go down the corridor and open the third class window and smell the smoke and complain afterwards about the soot in my eyes!
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A charming and evocative book. I've deducted a star for the unimaginative choice of photos and a page of maps with routes shown would have been handy.
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