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Britain from the Rails: A Window Gazer's Guide (Bradt Travel Guides (Bradt on Britain)) Paperback – 15 Apr 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841623334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623337
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Whether you're a first-time visitor or time-served commuter, Benedict le Vay's book will open your eyes to the sights and history of Britain's best train journeys. And his choice of the top ten British train routes is spot on!' - Mark Smith, The Man In Seat 61 'A quite superb, indeed incomparable, combination of maps, railway trivia, engineering isights and breathtaking landscape features to look out for.' Michael Gove, The Times "We live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world - sit back, relax and enjoy the ever changing landscape of Britain from the Rails!" Pete Waterman Obe, Chairman of the Waterman Railway Trust "Look out of those train windows and see another Britain. This is a richly researched and fascinating book, with a chuckle and a raised eyebrow at every page." Alastair Sawday 'This elegant guide is perfect for people who really want to know what they are seeing when they idly look out of a train window. The maps and illustrations add to the joy of reading a gorgeous guide.' Adam Trimingham, Brighton Argus Magazine "Britain from the Rails: A Window Gazer's Guide by Benedict le Vay, tells you what you should look out for from your carriage window on rail journeys from Aberdeen to Penzance and all points in between. This is a book that will gladden the hearts of all who love train travel." Frank Barrett, The Mail on Sunday 'Gloriously quirky labour-of-love' Wanderlust 'This fascinating, well-researched book is packed with facts and details on the sights that can be glimpsed from a train window. An invaluable companion for railway window-gazers everywhere.' The Mail on Sunday An excellent and unusual guide to Britain by train.' Tom Hall, The Observer

About the Author

Benedict le Vay is the author of several of Bradt's Eccentric guides including Eccentric Britain. He says, 'I've asked for my ashes to be blasted from the chimney of my favourite steam locomotive at my funeral. Hasn't everybody?'


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Format: Hardcover
Extensively researched and detailed, but not at the expense of entertainment. Don't be fooled by the jokey cartoons, this is genuinely interesting information presented in a palatable, not to say delicious, serving. Highly recommended for all travellers who need to refresh their sense of wonder.
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I used to take a seven hour train journey twice each week through England's heartland, trundling slowly through landscape of which I knew little and changing trains three times in the process. If only I had had Ben Le Vay's book then! It is a perfect accompaniment to any train journey, and the ideal gift to those strange people who sit on trains staring out the window doing nothing, absorbed in their own imaginings. Here is the antidote to boring train journeys. Full of interesting bon mots, amusing cartoons, drawings, maps and photographs no one could fail to be delighted with this excellent publication. It is now permanently in my brief case, even for those short journeys on God's Wonderful Railway that take me over Brunel's amazing Maidenhead Bridge into the Metropolis, about which there is always something new to learn.
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This is a fun book, contemporary, insightful, really useful, and well-informed, of the view from the train window. It's not great literature but the writer knows his Britain, his trains and their strengths and weakness, travels for fun with an open mind, knows where to sit, and sees Britain in some of its finest places. I know his 'top ten' of train rides, and he's right, but many of the others he describes have hidden or forgotten treasures. The only things to spoil your pleasure in this book are, those who are bent on destroying what you came to see, and the operating rail companies when they fail to live up to their potential. And who knows? Perhaps this book will show some of them what treasures they have!
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Train journeys can be boring and frustrating, Thanks to this book there is the chance to relate to the passing scene without the frustration of wondering what you are looking at. Dont get me wrong this is not a yard by yard litany of the passing scene. This book in a few words puts you in touch with the view, with comment and anecdote. Allowing you to not only have some idea of what is passing, but also the opportunity to see what you can expect to see and prepare accordingly. Think of the times you wished you had the camera ready when passing a spectacular view. Being on the correct side to take the picture as well.
A companion for the journey, and an interesting and amusing read at home. .
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Bought this for my husband's birthday and he was absolutely thrilled with it. It's a very useful guide for railway travel around this country. I'm sure we will be referring to it many times when planning our future journies.
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Well described routes with fascinating facts
Well presented with good diagrams
Plenty to occupy the train travellers interest and mind
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An up to date Bradshaws - well done! I'm looking forward to volume 2, which might investigate some of those branch lines.
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This book was a most welcome addition to my Christmas stocking last year. I started to read it, on an occasional basis, during the Christmas holiday period - but now, I can't put it down. Benedict le Vay has an easy style, full of detail but not in the least boring - his sense of humour peeps through from time to time, and the words just flow with the journey. Armchair travelling is even cheaper than buying a discounted rail ticket, and is highly recommended!! Just get yourself a good atlas, and you can follow every twist and turn that the book takes. Through the pages of "Britain from the Rails" I have been encouraged to purchase a ticket for "The Jacobite" which runs between Fort William and Mallaig - and also the connecting services from south west Wales!! I am certainly looking forward to that trip, and "Britain from the Rails" will be in my hand for the whole journey!!
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