on 11 May 2013
This book, published in may 2013, is the latest in a series of picture albums showing railway locations closed in the 1960s using photographs taken mostly soon after closure. The books provide an interesting pictorial history as most locations are seen in some state of dereliction, but before any significant development of the sites eg demolition, refurbishment. Occasionally there are one or two then and now comparisons. Most of the photos are colour, and each is captioned. There is a map provided inside the front cover, although I have found it useful to have a fuller railway map to hand while studying this book. This is the case too for the other books in the series. All of them are very good and ideal for anyone wishing to find out more about railway history or to supplement other pictures of locations they may have. Inside the back cover is a list of the other books in the series including the two next projected volumes, to cover Dorset and Gloucestershire, in preparation for publication in 2014. Overall, an excellent series of books. Recommended.
on 31 May 2013
I have just received mine. This is definitely a must for anyone interested in railways in the south-west. The photos took me right back to when I was a schoolboy, desperately trying to record the passing scene but I couldn't afford colour film. This book fills that gap admirably with its colour photos. I liked the unpretentious style, and there is so much atmosphere of those bitter-sweet times. Hard to choose favourites, but candidates would be the token exchange at Wadebridge, the 'Warship' on the still open Newquay branch passing beneath Treffry viaduct which carried a canal and the old route of the Newquay branch latterly a quarry line, and the last day train at Latchley with the 'Farewell' board on the front - I could go on!
The book also includes some hints of optimism with the Welsh quarry loco at Launceston Steam Railway, an ex-GWR small prairie tank at Boscarne Jct on the Bodmin and Wenford preserved railway and a reopening scene at Plym Bridge Halt (or was it Platform in the old days? See Regional History of the Railways of GB - vol. 1, and also the headboard on the loco). We railway enthusiasts are a pedantic breed!
The advice is buy!
on 30 March 2015
It's unusual to get colour photos from this era, so this book is an enjoyable & nostalgic journey into the past. It also highlights the lack of foresight and the haste in which railways were closed in the Beeching era, and that little regard has been given in preserving the integrity of the routes for possible future use. If you love railways of the Beeching era, and love the West Country, you will love this book..