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Impermanent Ways: the Closed Lines of Britain: Dorset Vol 7
Impermanent Ways: the Closed Lines of Britain: Dorset Vol 7
by Jeffery Grayer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impermanent Ways Volume 7, Dorset., 22 Jan 2014
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This book is the latest in a series showing routes and locations around the time of, or just after closure. It is a picture album and all the photographs are colour and each is well captioned. At the front of the book is a map showing the rail routes of the county covered. Some maps in some of the previous books have been a little incomprehensive, but the one in this book has obviously been taken from the Ian Allen Rail Atlas, so is complete and shows all stations, and is handy to refer to when looking at the locations featured in the book. As with the previous books, a single location has been picked out for further detailed treatment, in this case, Bridport. Please note that the 'Somerset and Dorset' route receives minimal treatment here, and does not appear in the 'Somerset' volume in this series, as the author has covered this route in his books 'Sabotaged & Defeated'. As with the other books in the series, there is an excellent selection of photographs and is very interesting to study. Recommended.


Impermanent Ways/Closed Lines of Brit 6 Cornwall & W Devon
Impermanent Ways/Closed Lines of Brit 6 Cornwall & W Devon
by Amyas Crump
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.56

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impermanent Ways Vol 6., 11 May 2013
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This book, published in may 2013, is the latest in a series of picture albums showing railway locations closed in the 1960s using photographs taken mostly soon after closure. The books provide an interesting pictorial history as most locations are seen in some state of dereliction, but before any significant development of the sites eg demolition, refurbishment. Occasionally there are one or two then and now comparisons. Most of the photos are colour, and each is captioned. There is a map provided inside the front cover, although I have found it useful to have a fuller railway map to hand while studying this book. This is the case too for the other books in the series. All of them are very good and ideal for anyone wishing to find out more about railway history or to supplement other pictures of locations they may have. Inside the back cover is a list of the other books in the series including the two next projected volumes, to cover Dorset and Gloucestershire, in preparation for publication in 2014. Overall, an excellent series of books. Recommended.
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A Life Within a Day
A Life Within a Day
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Squackett., 18 April 2013
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If you like Yes, then you should enjoy this album. There is a feel of the 'Fly from Here' album in places, and throughout there are great Squire basslines and Yes style vocals and harmonies. 'Aliens' is like Alan Parsons Project mixed with 'Fly from Here'! Watch out for the title track 'A Life within a day', a wonderful title work in the Style of Led Zep's Kashmir. And speaking of Kashmir, check out a great version of that on you tube by a band called Karnataka, a great female fronted prog outfit worth investigating. As for this Squackett album, someone said to me, 'Are you really going to buy an album with such a silly name?', but I did, and I'm glad I did. It's good stuff. Buy and enjoy.


Far Beyond The World
Far Beyond The World
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Price: £9.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Ten. Far Beyond The World., 12 Mar 2013
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I bought this album as this band features shared personnel and songwriting with some of Bob Catley's solo albums. Basically if you like Magnum and Catley's solo stuff you will like this album too, as I did! It's good rock music. Buy and enjoy!


Impermanent Ways/Closed Lines of Brit 5
Impermanent Ways/Closed Lines of Brit 5
by Jeffery Grayer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.56

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impermanent Ways., 12 Mar 2013
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This superb series of books shows stations, goods yards, junctions etc just after closure or rationalization in the 60's and 70's. The focus is on locations rather than engines. The front cover pictures you see on Amazon are what the entirety of the books are about, and most of the photos in all the books are in colour. I did read one review which criticized the quality of some of the photos in some of the books, but I found the content all very good; remember it was a different age then with film not digital cameras! The books are all printed on glossy paper and the production quality is very good. They are basically picture albums with a caption for each picture. Sometimes there could be a little more information and consistency in the captions eg some tell us the fate of the location and some don't. This volume on Somerset does not include the S&D as this has already been covered in the three 'Sabotaged and Defeated' books. Likewise not all the LSWR locations are featured in the Devon volume, and presumably this will be the case in the Cornwall one as well when it comes out, as they have been covered in the 'Tracks of the ACE' volume, which is produced in the same format and is similarly very interesting. Apart from the captions I only have one criticism in that the maps inside the covers are of varying usefulness; some are quite good but others are rather incomplete in that they sometimes do not cover enough area around the region being considered, or do not have all the stations marked on. For some volumes it's better to have a separate atlas to hand. Overall these are excellent books. Recommended.


Paul Atterbury's Lost Railway Journeys: Rediscover Britain's Forgotten Railway Routes
Paul Atterbury's Lost Railway Journeys: Rediscover Britain's Forgotten Railway Routes
by Paul Atterbury
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Lost Railway Journeys, 26 Feb 2013
As this book is a compilation of routes from three earlier books, I would suggest that if you are interested in reading about as many routes as possible, you would be better off to buy copies of the three original books, they are 'Branch Line Britain', 'Along Lost Lines', and 'Along Country Lines', and it is the first of these three which contains the most routes. The later book 'All Change' is also worth buying for even more routes! Paul's earlier books, 'End of the Line' & 'Discovering Britain's Lost Railways' are also well worth reading; the format is different to the later books, there being much more text. Routes covered in the earlier books are revisited in the later ones, but the two formats are so different, they are both worth reading.


Clockwork Angels
Clockwork Angels

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rush, Clockwork Angels., 16 Feb 2013
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Great Rush album finding the boys in full creative flow, recorded after touring and still buzzing after nearly 40 years of music making. Voted Classic Rock magazine's album of the year 2012, it will just have to be seen which of their consistently excellent albums, albeit with some different styles along the way, takes the accolade in a hundred years time, depending on which of the planets of the solar federation has assumed control, remembering of course, that with Rush, the point of the journey is not to arrive. That means many more albums for evermore which can't be bad. Go and buy the lot, purely as an exercise in self indulgence, and enjoy.


The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway and Its Locomotives
The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway and Its Locomotives
by R. J. Essery
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M&GNJR., 16 Feb 2013
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This book is essential for anyone studying the story of the M&GN. there is so much information here, although it is weighted more to the locomotives than infrastructure, so If you want more pictures of stations, you will need to study additional publications!


GWR Branch Lines
GWR Branch Lines
by C.J. Gammell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars GWR branch lines., 16 Feb 2013
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An excellent series of books for the railway historian. See my review for Southern Branch lines by the same author.


Southern Branch Lines
Southern Branch Lines
by C.J. Gammell
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Branch Lines., 16 Feb 2013
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This series of books, for which there is one per region, is very good. There is a potted history of each line, along with many photos inter-dispersed. While impossible in a book covering every route to go into great detail of every line in text or photo, it is well worth having for quick reference for information on any line, and you may well find photos included that you havn't seen elsewhere. Great book to aid studying Britain's railway system before the Beeching cuts.


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