On the Slow Train Again

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Random House, Apr 7, 2011 - Transportation - 224 pages
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Michael Williams has spent the past year travelling along the fascinating rail byways of Britain for this new collection of journeys. Here is the 'train to the end of the world' running for more than four splendid hours through lake, loch and moorland from Inverness to Wick, the most northerly town in Britain. He discovers a perfect country branch line in London's commuterland, and travels on one of the slowest services in the land along the shores of the lovely Dovey estuary to the far west of Wales. He takes the stopping train across the Pennines on a line with so few services that its glorious scenery is a secret known only to the regulars. Here, too, is the Bittern Line in Norfolk and the Tarka Line in North Devon as well as the little branch line to the fishing port of Looe in Cornwall, rescued from closure in the 1960s and now celebrating its 150th anniversary taking families on holiday to the seaside. From the most luxurious and historic - aboard the Orient Express - to the most futuristic - on the driverless trains of London's Docklands Light Railway - here is a unique travel companion celebrating the treasures of our railway heritage from one of Britain's most knowledgeable railway writers.

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Nice gentle book by an obvious train nerd who tries to keeo this fact hidden. think I will pass this on to a friend. Read full review


On the Slow Train Again
The 10 38 to the far north the train to
40 from Liskeard Britains most eccentric
with the secret train over the Pennines
58 from Bedford a Pilgrims Progress
to the loneliest station along the banks
The O9 59 to Lymington mind the doors on
45 to Bristol Poirot takes a day trip
44 from Pleasure Beach alight for tripe
The 10 20 on the tracks of the Atlantic Coast
The 0945 back to the future the strange case
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Michael Williams writes widely on railways for many publications. 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.

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