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on 26 November 2012
A long-overdue and impressively researched account of one of the most compelling 'forgotten footnotes' of 19th century railway history.

Evolving from the 'atmospheric' mode of railway operation - itself somewhat overlooked - the pneumatic railway was an ingenious attempt to blow and stuck trains through tunnels, tirelessly pioneered by the unlucky engineer Thomas Webster Rammell. The idea naturally lent itself to underground railways, and came closest to fruition with the Waterloo and Whitehall Railway, which is the focus of this book.

Ian Mansfield - known to many as London blogger IanVisits - has done a tremendous job of sourcing as much information as possible on a subject which, from personal experience, I know to be fiendishly difficult to research. (My own novel chronicling Rammell's ill-fated efforts will be appearing on Amazon in the next couple of months.)

Complete with well-rendered illustrations, the result is a welcome fleshing-out of an enthralling 'might have been' - one to spark the imagination of even the most well-read railway aficionado.
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on 4 January 2014
Its OK as an introduction to the subject but it didn't go into enough of the engineering detail to satisfy me.
It left the impression that a greater depth of research was needed.
That said, maybe the historical records that survived just don't include that kind of detail, and you can't put in what isn't there.
At least I'm aware of the projects, their aims and achievements, so I've learned from it, just not as much as I had hoped!
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on 2 December 2012
Fantastic to see something thoughtful and interesting written on such a rare topic. I do, however feel it's slightly overpriced for what is essentially an extended article. Good reading for railway history fans none the less.
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on 13 January 2013
I bought this title as I have an interest in lost railways, but mainly to test my new kindle. The book is very interesting, but a little short. It has some good detail.
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on 25 December 2012
Nice little book for those interested in technical and inventive ideas of a very fast developing era. Telling a story about another bright idea.
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on 25 May 2013
Despite the interesting topic the length is brief and could have been summed up in a magazine article. Price is too high for content.
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on 9 March 2013
Nice little book but rather short, would have thought there would be more to write about considering the huge list of references.
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on 2 April 2013
a bit on the short side but interesting. Some good looking photographs and plans that I never knew anything about.
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