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nostalgia with limitations
on 23 December 2014
Paul Atterbury has rather cornered the market in this kind of thing, and does it well, but this time I felt that the material was a bit thin. There are the usual nostalgic pictures, but there are also rather a lot of nondescript pictures of fields where railway lines once were. The maps themselves are helpful in locating the lines described, but also have their limitations. The text is enormously well-informed and some of the picture captions are worth buying the book for. I don't understand why some lines that are still open were included, and some of the branches dismissed in a short paragraph (presumably for lack of illustrative material) sound more interesting than some of those that get half a page or more.
The book is well produced and I quite enjoyed it, but I thought some of his earlier books were better.