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A Walk Along The Tracks: Britain's Disused Railway Lines Paperback – 2 Jan 2003


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (2 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752849735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752849737
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hunter Davies is the author of over thirty books which include such modern classics as the authorised biography of The Beatles, The Glory Game and A Walk Around the Lakes. He has written several other walking books and also a travel biography of Christopher Columbus which took him to the West Indies and the Americas. He is also well known as a broadcaster and journalist and writes for the Independent, Sunday Times, Daily Mail and New Statesman. He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Walker on 6 Mar 2009
Format: Paperback
What is it about disused railway lines and railway memories? When I was born most lines had already gone out of use so why would I buy this book? I guess it is an attempt to hang on to a bit of a past, an age when times were better - nothing bad ever happened on a steam train, did it? I'm certainly not coming to this as a railway enthusiast or someone who is serious about memorabilia, just an armchair reader with a passing interest.
This book describes 10 walks along disused sections of railway line, selected to cover different areas of Britain (although Northern Ireland, south Wales, west Scotland and so on are not considered).
The book is ...ok. To be honest, it didn't live up to my expectations. I was expecting something a bit more evocative; instead it sounds like a series of articles for a Sunday newspaper magazine strung together. Walk a bit of the track, do an interview, lob in some background research, write it up and move on.
Maybe I am being unfair: if you are using this as a touring guide it might be excellent. For an armchair reader the book was most relevant in describing an area of the country you know or are interested in. The final chapter on the Ally Pally line in north London will appeal to a lot of people for that reason. I also enjoyed the chapter on the Deeside Line as an area I partly know. Some of the other chapters hardly registered with me at all, though.
Another frustration is the number of pictures. Davies is frequently describing what he saw, but you often want to see it for yourself - I found it best to sit in front of Google while reading and typing in names of old stations to an image search.
So, worth a look, but maybe only in the expectation of reading one or two chapters; the Amazon website has the Search Inside facility so study the contents page first and think about how many of these you are really going to be itnerested in.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan 2005
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As a keen walker and railway history enthusiast,I looked forward to reading this book. It was only after receiving it and reading the introduction, plus the description of the first walk, that I realised it was, in fact, over 20 years old (having first been published in 1982)!
This probably makes all the information in it totally irrelevant and of little use to anyone wishing to walk the lines in question.
Had I known this, I definitely would not have bought it and feel rather cheated that it's actual age is not prominently displayed in your description.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A . J . Reynolds on 12 April 2012
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There are several books available covering the exploration of disused British railway lines . Most , unfortunately , are works for anoraks . This book , first published in 1982 and re-issued in 2002 , has wider appeal . Davies is a talented writer and he has crafted a book that exhibits great charm . Whether or not you intend to visit any of the lines he describes is immaterial , I suspect most readers wiill delight in it purely for its quality as a 'good read ' - I certainly did .
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There is too much background information and not enough detail about the routes etc.I would not purchase again. Poor Purchase
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