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The Trains Now Departed: Sixteen Excursions into the Lost Delights of Britain's Railways Hardcover – 7 May 2015

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing; First Edition edition (7 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848094353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848094352
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a wistful and sepulchral affair yet … The Trains Now Departed is more than just a lamentation for the days of steam and soot." (Times Literary Supplement)

"In elegant prose Michael Williams takes us on nostalgic journeys, reminding us - with smuts and smells - of what we have lost." (Michael Portillo)

"Revel in what we've lost and wonder how on earth we ever had it. It's a perfect book for a leisurely, long rail journey. If the scenery leaves you uninspired, then read a chapter, refresh your mind, and gaze once more from your window." (Philip Haigh Rail Magazine)

"Reflects a mood of nostalgia for the days of steam… charming" (Books of the Year 2015 The Tablet)

"A nostalgic thrill for anyone with the least longing for the lost age of steam." (Press Association)

"Williams is to railway writing what his namesake Portillo is to railway television" (Rail Magazine)

"Chock full with enjoyment – will capture and transport" (Bookbag)

"An excellent read, and amongst the most enjoyable and entertaining railway books of the year...Underlying Williams's prose is a sense of joy...and real knowledge of his subject." (Andrew Roden Steam World 'Book of the Month')

"Even if you are not particularly interested in railways, you will find much to enjoy in this book. Williams writes well and engages you in his passion" (Toby Neal Shropshire Star)

"A wonderfully evocative read" (Andy Peebles BBC Radio 1 DJ)

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A richly observed and researched personal history of the bygone age of Britain's railways.

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