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4.0 out of 5 stars
Mapping Britain's Lost Branch Lines, 24 Jan 2014
This book is well presented, has a fascinating collection of pictures, 25 handy maps, and some interesting (if sometimes brief) notes on 260 or so 'lost' British branch lines. It's fine either for browsing or for 'on the ground' exploration. So far so good. But what's not to like? Well, a number of the supposedly 'lost' lines are still very much with us, and are even electrified - eg the Seaford branch and Watford-St Albans. Why devote space to these when other, genuinely 'lost', lines such as the Ventnor West branch or the Lynton & Barnstaple could have been covered instead? Also, the author's somewhat artificial exclusion of routes connecting two junctions rules out a vast number of lines - Chichester-Midhurst or the Bure Valley line, for example - which share all the characteristics of branch lines. We need another volume to deal with these! Finally, some of the maps are slightly misleading - it looks like the Clevedon branch, for example, joined up with the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead. But it didn't! So, a very good product but, for me, it doesn't quite get top marks.