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All Change!: Visiting the Byways of Britain's Railway Network Hardcover – 31 Mar 2009

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  • 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)
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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.

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Paul Atterbury has written plenty of books about railway nostalgia, but he came to my attention with the first of what turned into a series of four books published by David and Charles. Each of those books had the same basic style but covered a different aspect of railway nostalgia. This book follows the same basic formula except that it covers all the aspects previously featured, but using different material. For example, we get features on branch lines to Gunnislake, Marlow and many other places, which might have been included in Branch Line Britain: A Nostalgic Journey Celebrating a Golden Age but weren't. The feature on the line from Inverness to Wick could have been included in Along Country Lines: Exploring the Rural Railways of Yesterday but wasn't, while the Lybsster and Coniston branches weren`t included in Along Lost Lines or Branch line Britain, but could have featured in either. The picture of the ruins of the original Gosport station could have been used in Tickets Please!: A Nostalgic Journey Through Railway Station Life. This variation on a successful formula may put some people off, but not me.

The Gunnislake branch also featured in
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If you're interested in the history and geography of railways, presented in a colourful yet informative manner, then you can't go wrong with this book. Even if none of the featured lines are near you, the book is a good read. I especially like the fact that the book is not just pictures of steam locomotives but also includes both then and now pictures of the whole rail infrastructure. The choices are also varied in terms of type and location.

Basically, buying this book has convinced me to gradually buy all his other books!
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The yardstick here is perhaps Paul Atterbury's best known book 'Along Lost Lines'. Put simply, if you liked that, you'll like this.

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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If you've enjoyed any of Paul's other books you will enjoy this - and then go back for more. If you're new to them - a great read and good value for money.
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A varied collection of past and present photographs of everyday railway activity and activities long gone, such as the sections on miniature and hobby trains. I wouldn't say it was aimed at the true enthusiast, but still an easy read for anyone with an interest in things railway. It doesn't have to be read from cover to cover.
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ONCE AGAIN PAUL ATTERBURY PRODUCES A BOOK OF RAILWAY MEMORABILIA THAT WILL STIR THE MEMORIES OF A BYGONE AGE. TOP MARKS ONCE AGAIN.
RAY WADSWORTH
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