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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (13 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752455788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752455785
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a fascinating read and this reprint will no doubt excite a new generation of enthusiasts and attract more visitors to the mid-Wales narrow gauge line. --Model Railway Express

It is a unique railway history story of people, their camaraderie and struggles, of the time and of keeping terribly old and worn-out steam locomotives going. --Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society

About the Author

L.T.C. ROLT was born in Chester in February 1910 and died in 1974. He was an engineer and craftsman whose passion for Britain's industrial heritage led him to become one of the foremost historians of the twentieth century. He jointly founded the Inland Waterways Association and also wrote Narrow Boat, Red for Danger and the famous Landscape Trilogy (The History Press).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
The story of the worlds preserved railway is captured beautifully by Tom Rolt. It's delightfully detailed, at times poetic, at others thrilling! A lovely story for anyone who likes a good tale but simply compulsory reading for any railway enthusiast! I read this as a teenager and lost my copy while moving house. This lovely recent edition has a preface by David Mitchell on the Talyllyn Railway and some truly evocative photographs.

The railway is still running and celebrates it's Diamond Jubilee this year, so if you read the book and love it, then visit the Railway. Many scenes and places are still clearly recognisable from the photos and Dolgoch is still running, at the grand old age of 145.

This is a captivating book and I simply can't recommend it highly enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Mark on 6 Jun. 2010
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This classic tale of the saving of the Talyllyn Railway in mid-Wales and its take-over by the newly-formed Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society in 1950/51 has recently been reissued. It reads as well as earlier editions and (to quote "Steam Railway" magazine) should appeal to a whole new generation of enthusiasts.

With the Bluebell and Middleton Railways celebrating their fiftieth anniversaries in 2010, it is timely to recall that they started operations ten years after the Talyllyn Railway was saved. The TR never closed, but only by the skin of its teeth. When the owner Sir Henry Haydn Jones died in 1950, the Railway was saved by a group of enthusiasts led by L. T. C. (Tom) Rolt. "Railway Adventure" recounts those early years, from initial plans to replace the original railway by a 15 inch "toy" line (to save money), to the purchase of the two Corris engines for £50, and the triumphant first season in 1951 when 1865-built "Dolgoch" was the only available motive power.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ian C. Kemp on 21 Feb. 2010
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This is a thoroughly entertaining book which lives up to its title, if you have any interest at all in railways. It's also historic; L.T.C. Rolt was deeply involved in saving the Talyllyn Railway (and how deeply, you will see when you read it), which was the pioneer of the entire railway preservation movement. The efforts of how they kept the trains running with, at times, just one serviceable locomotive, are fascinating and inspiring. Si monumentum requiris, circumspice!
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This is the tale of the first ever railway to be taken over by volunteers and set running again - the precursor to the heritage steam railway movement that was swept through Britani and the world in the post-war years. It is told by Tom Rolt, a writer and engineer famous for his work as a founder member of the Inland Water Association (canals) and his engineering biographies. The Talyllyn railway is a narrow gauge railway running in a valley south of Cader Idris in Wales that ran continuously from its inception in 1866 until the death of its then owner in 1950. The author established a group of volunteers to reopen the railway and attempt to maintain both the track and the engines after long years of neglect. He himself became manager of the railway for its first two years of operation under the new regime, and this book is the tale of the long uphill struggle to keep the ancient mechanisms and track working. The railway nowadays is one of the best preserved of the heritage railways with new buildings, track and completely refurbished motive power - none of which would have been possible without Tom Rolts pioneering efforts. A good read, highly recommended.
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A great little book about the first years on the talyllyn railway. There were a few sentences that may change some younger readers but in no way should it deter them. A true adventure and well worth the read. The maybe, like me you will go and see the first preserved railway in the world for your self.
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By R. Cox on 27 Mar. 2014
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Early history of the Talyllyn railway told in an easy to read style. You don't have to be interested in railways but it helps.
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By Melvyn Frost on 1 Nov. 2013
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I have had this book in paperback for 20+ years and am really pleased to get it for my kindle. This comes with photos not included in my copy so am really happy. Perhaps Tom Rolt saw things through rose tinted glasses but nothing wrong with that. A really good read to any steam railway fan...Recommend!
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