Branch Line Britain Hardcover – 24 Sep 2004
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A wonderful brew of nostalgia for the late, lamented branch-lines of Britain. Well illustrated with photographs, ephemera and memorabilia. -- Publishing News, August 20, 2004
About the Author
Paul Atterbury is a life-long railway enthusiast and has written several books exploring Britain's railway heritage. He is especially interested in the way that rural life depended on the railways until the mid 20th Century. He has been a presenter of the Antiques Roadshow on TV for many years. Paul lives in a converted railway carriage near Bridport, Dorset.
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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.Read more ›
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.
I enjoyed this book immensely.