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4.0 out of 5 stars Historically accurate, but oh! the proof-reading!, 9 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Ireland (Regional Railway History) (Hardcover)
This book was the last volume to be published in the "A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain" series - although it can rightly be argued that Ireland is not part of Great Britain!

Be that as it may, this now rare book is well worth reading by anyone interested in the history of Britain and Ireland's railways as it contains pretty much an accurate as possible potted history of the the railways of Ireland. With the first volume (The West Country) being first published in 1960, the entire series was progressively published (and numerous volumes were updated & reprinted several times) over the next 35 years.

Where this book REALLY falls down though is in the pre-publishing proof reading - or rather the lack of it! "Losing" something becomes "Loosing" for instance: the book also mentions a railway line that was opened in (I think from memory) 1958 and closed in 1932. Sorry, impossible! Opened in EIGHTEEN fifty-eight and closed in 1932 is more like it... and so on! These numerous compositional or typographical errors are down to nothing else than sloppy proof-reading before publication. Such poor proof-reading standards were not allowed to pass uncorrected in the volumes produced by the original publishers of the series i.e. David & Charles of Newton Abbot.

Shame really, as to me, the poor proof-reading of this book mars the overall quality and provides a poor conclusion to a great and unmatchable series of railway history books that in my opinion are nothing less than superb and desperately in need of updating and reprinting.
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