On The Slow Train: Twelve Great British Railway Journeys

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Random House, Apr 1, 2010 - Transportation - 208 pages
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This beautifully-packaged book will take the reader on the slow train to another era when travel meant more than hurrying from one place to the next, the journey meaning nothing but time lost in crowded carriages, condemned by broken timetables. On the Slow Train will reconnect with that long-missed need to lift our heads from the daily grind and reflect that there are still places in Britain where we can stop and stare. It will tap into many things: a love of railways, a love of history, a love of nostalgia.

This book will be a paean to another age before milk churns, porters and cats on seats were replaced by security announcements and Burger King. These 12 spectacular journeys will help free us from what Baudelaire denounced as 'the horrible burden of time.'

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On the Slow Train
The 10 53 from Ryde the Tube train that went
The 10 30 from Wrexham Centralup the line
The 08 38 to Sellafield a journey along the line
The 11 24 from Victoria a day excursion
The 08 29 to RichmondLondons country
The 21 15 from Euston the Deerstalker Express
The 14 05 from Shrewsburyslow train into
The 08 41 to Casterbridge via less of the DUrbervilles
The 08 04 from Norwich secret lines to Liverpool
The 07 06 from Formby the stations that came

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Michael Williams writes widely on railways for many publications, including the Daily Mail, The Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the New Statesman, The Oldie and the railway specialist press. He is a veteran Fleet Street journalist, having held many senior positions, including Deputy Editor of the Independent on Sunday, Executive Editor of the Independent and Head of News at The Sunday Times. He is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Central Lancashire. He commutes regularly by train on the 440-mile return journey between his home in London's Camden Town and his office at Preston in Lancashire.

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