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Railways of Devon and Cornwall (British Railway Pictorial) [Paperback]

Anthony Burges
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1 May 2008 British Railway Pictorial
This new volume in the critically acclaimed British Railway Pictorial series focuses on the counties of Devon and Cornwall. Similar to previous titles, the author's own remarkable photographic collection has faithfully recorded services over the myriad of lines built to serve the area. The final years of steam operation in the South West are nostalgically captured in over 175 beautiful black and white images, many of which have never been published. The railway development of Devon and Cornwall was dominated by the activity of the London & South Western and Great Western railways and this local rivalry persisted through the era of the Big Four to the early days of Nationalisation. It was only after the redrawing of the regional boundaries, which saw the ex-LSWR Withered Arm transferred to the WR, that the process of rationalisation took hold and left towns like Padstow, Wadebridge and Launceston devoid of railway services. The book is certain to be of interest to the countless thousands of holidaymakers at these popular destinations, as well as to locals who affectionately remember the days when steam ruled supreme. It will also be useful for modellers seeking reference material for the construction of model railway scenes based on the many attractive branch lines in the area.

Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Ltd; First Edition edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071103298X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711032989
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 21.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 663,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and full of nostalgia 1 May 2009
I bought this as a present for a steam enthusiast friend, but while thumbing through it I got quite engrossed. It's packed with high quality photographs throughout and includes details and descriptions of the lines and stations depicted as well as histories and current status.

Of primary interest to me was the section on the line from Exeter to Barnstaple (and formally Bideford, Ilfracombe et al) as this is my local branch line.

If you know any of the lines covered in this book, then you will find something of interest, even if like me, you're not an enthusiast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great picture history of steam 7 Sep 2014
Another good pictorial view of the steam era in Devon and Cornwall.
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