Top critical review
Excessive detail, too many boring lists, poor quality images. Disappointing.
on 19 April 2017
I have to say this was not one of my better book purchases. I became interested in this now closed railway as a possible layout modelling project, and bought this book in the hope that it would be a good introduction to the history of the railway, and provide some inspiration through photographs. Unfortunately for me the book did neither of these things, largely because it is full of very mediocre, often poor pictures that contain very little detail and really could have been taken anywhere. Many of the photos are clearly digital enlargements of very small originals, and as a result are badly pixelated or blurred. The majority of the remainder are over exposed or washed out prints which are really quite uninspiring to look at, and provide little useful information. Even the photo on the front cover is of very poor quality, with digital compression artefacts everywhere and horrid washed out colours. Instead whole pages of the book are given to scans of old tickets or timetables, or lengthy lists of various things. I'm sure these may be of interest to obsessive railway fanatics, but they really aren't much help to someone just hoping to get a pictorial history of this closed railway line. Paid almost £25 for the book, wish I hadn't.