- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Automobile Association; First Edition edition (31 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749557850
- ISBN-13: 978-0749557850
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.3 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
All Change!: Visiting the Byways of Britain's Railway Network Hardcover – 31 Mar 2009
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About the Author
Paul Atterbury is the author of The Dictionary of Minton, the coauthor ofThe Bulfinch Anatomy of Antique Furniture, and a long-standing member of the team of experts on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow.
Top Customer Reviews
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Basically, buying this book has convinced me to gradually buy all his other books!
I've just bought this myself because I found it very heavily discounted (at the time of writing, June 2011) in a high street book clearance chain. But even if you have to pay the cover price or something near to it, you are unlikely to regret buying it.
As a rail (especially steam) enthusiast I would say that this (and Paul's similar books) are aimed not only at the railway history enthusiast, but also at the nostalgia market - somehow, we all ache for a semi-mythical lost Britain where people were polite, everyone knew what they were doing and where they were going, and above all, the trains ran on time and stations were neatly tended by dedicated staff. Nothing embodies that lost age like our lost railway network, and I suspect that many of us have, at some point, wished we could take a holiday in 1908 or in the mid to late 1930s to visit some of these old lines and stations before they were swept away in the early 1960s.
This book shows that it isn't all bad news, though. Some of the lines featured here are actually still extant, albeit in much 'rationalised' form.
In the case of one line featured in the book, namely the Weardale line from Bishop Auckland to Stanhope, the situation has actually improved. When my edition of the book was printed the Weardale line was, as the book states, disconnected from the main railway network near Bishop Auckland. It has since been reconnected and is back in regular use: One of the rare, welcome cases where 'All Change' actually means a change for the better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this carefully researched book and found the information given regarding the surviving railways and clues to their former existence particularly interesting. Read morePublished on 2 May 2013 by Mikehungrylion
All Change by Paul Atterbury is an excellent collection of images with expanded captions which really capture the scene on some of Britain's rural railways, giving a flavour of... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2012 by PMW