John Ball

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (29 of 31)
Location: Falmouth, UK


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British Rail: The Nation's Railway by Tanya Jackson
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very much 'come back, British Rail, all is forgiven'!

Overall, BR was not perfect, but it had many positive achievements during very difficult times. This book was very hard to put down.
South American Handbook 1975
I plan to visit South America this year, and of course have a modern guidebook. However, I bought this 1975 edition to give me the historical background of what this sub-continent was like at that time. The 70s were a dramatic time with Chile's socialist experiment followed by Pinochet's brutal dictatorship, and similar goings on in Uruguay, Argentina at that time on the brink of civil war, etc. I was not disappointed.

Everything has changed enormously, thankfully with the move to democracy. Less positively, the amazing railway journeys (described in detail) are often no longer available. Railways have ceased to be an everyday means of transport, except for a few commuter… Read more
British Railway Tickets (Shire Library) by Jan Dobrzynski
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!, 11 Jan 2014
This little book packs an amazing amount of information into 72 pages. Although specialising in tickets, these throw a lot of light onto railway history and social attitudes of the time. The advice is buy!