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Tiny Stations [Hardcover]

Dixe Wills
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Book Description

1 April 2014
An eccentric look at lost Britain through its railway request stops. Perhaps the oddest quirk of Britain's railway network is also one of its least well known: around 150 of the nation's stations are request stops. Take an unassuming station like Shippea Hill in Cambridgeshire - the scene of a fatal accident involving thousands of carrots. Or Talsarnau in Wales, which experienced a tsunami. Tiny Stations is the story of the author's journey from the far west of Cornwall to the far north of Scotland, visiting around 40 of the most interesting of these little used and ill-regarded stations. Often a pen-stroke away from closure - kept alive by political expediency, labyrinthine bureaucracy or sheer whimsy - these half-abandoned stops afford a fascinating glimpse of a Britain that has all but disappeared from view. There are stations built to serve once thriving industries - copper mines, smelting works, cotton mills, and china clay quarries where the first trains were pulled by horses; stations erected for the sole convenience of stately home and castle owners through whose land the new iron road cut an unwelcome swathe; stations created for Victorian day-tripping attractions; a station built for a cavalry barracks whose last horse has long since bolted; and many more. Dixe Wills will leave you in no doubt that there's more to tiny stations than you might think.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: AA Publishing (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749575611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749575618
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dixe Wills is the author of numerous of books about offbeat Britain, including the Tiny Islands (AA Publishing), Tiny Campsites, and The Z-Z of Great Britain. Dixe is also a frequent contributor to The Guardian newspaper writing mainly about eco-friendly and outdoors travel. He has also written for The Observer, The Ecologist, Green Futures, Country Walking, Countryfile Magazine, and Esquire among others and has several TV and radio appearances to him name. Dixe lives in Bethnal Green where he tends a small allotment on his local city farm.


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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book,superbly written. 5 May 2014
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Fantastic book,superbly written.I will be searching out more writings from this author because he writes with humour,passion and a little quirkiness.
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A fascinating book which unravels the stories of some of the locations of these curiosities of our wonderful railway network.I am looking forward to volumes 2,3, 4 etc(I hope). As I have a copy of the authors "Tiny Islands", this could only be 5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny stations 7 May 2014
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An entertaining and informative jaunt round Great Britain leaving one wanting to pack a rucksack and head to the station.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully readable 6 May 2014
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As would be expected from the great Dixe Wills, this is a quirky and fascinating journey around Britain's tiniest stations, filled with illuminating comment and observation.
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A fascinating travelogue taking the reader to some of the remotest and out of the way stations on the nation's rail network.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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Excellent value, super book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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interesting and very good for historians
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