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5.0 out of 5 stars BRANCH LINE BRITAIN
An excellent work depicting the atmosphere and nostalgia associated with a part of our heritage which for the most part is lost for ever.
A wonderful selection of photographs and railway associated memorabilia which, together with a helpful and informative text, takes the reader back to the days of yesteryear.
Didn't it ever rain then?
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Published on 8 Jun 2005 by tony preston

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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit to glossey
Nice pictures and drawing with a bit of history thrown in. Not enough detail of lines that were shut down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRANCH LINE BRITAIN, 8 Jun 2005
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tony preston (NEWARK, NOTTS United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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An excellent work depicting the atmosphere and nostalgia associated with a part of our heritage which for the most part is lost for ever.
A wonderful selection of photographs and railway associated memorabilia which, together with a helpful and informative text, takes the reader back to the days of yesteryear.
Didn't it ever rain then?
A 'must have' for both the railway enthusiast and anybody with memories of yesterday and a pride in our heritage. Read and enjoy.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic look at a mostly bygone age, 13 May 2005
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, in the heyday of rail travel, hundreds of branch lines all over Britain provided a service for communities that weren't located on a main line. During the twentieth century, most of these lines closed as road transport took traffic away. A few branch lines have survived against the trends. Some have been re-opened, usually by preservation societies staffed by volunteers.

This book takes a look at a selection of branch lines - survivors, preserved lines and closed lines. It is lavishly illustrated with great photographs of lines from when they were open as well as clues to the existence of former lines - embankments, cuttings, fencing and other features that give clues to what used to be.

There are also various special features on aspects of life on a branch line. I particularly like the feature on camping coaches, one of which I stayed in during the early sixties. These coaches first appeared in the thirties but disappeared during the war years. They reappeared after the war and were a feature of many branch lines serving tourist destinations until many of them were closed in the sixties. Camping coaches finally became an extinct species in 1971, as those that survived Beeching couldn't survive changing holiday fashions.

The selection of branch lines has no obvious pattern although lines that have been preserved have a better chance of being in the book than those that haven't. There were some lines whose inclusion I was particularly pleased to see. One is the Calne - Chippenham line. It closed in 1964 and I remember walking with others along part of its track bed a year or so after it closed. Others are the Fort William - Mallaig line and the Middlesbrough - Whitby line, both of which I have used and which still survives, though the threat of closure remains.

Some lines have been preserved for posterity but there were others that might have been preserved. Of these, the Westerham line to the south of London, had plenty of support but the track bed was wanted as part of a new road scheme; much of it has now become part of the M25.

While this book is by no means a comprehensive guide to Britain's branch lines, it provides a fascinating insight into their heyday and their legacy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit to glossey, 29 Mar 2013
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Jilly (WELWYN, HERTFORDSHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Nice pictures and drawing with a bit of history thrown in. Not enough detail of lines that were shut down.
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