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.