London: Faber & Faber, 1973, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: Despite or possibly because of the end of steam on British Rail in 1968, steam trains as recreation have never been more popular. Many thousands of volunteers now work on preserved railways such as the Festiniog, Bluebell and Severn Valley lines; and each year hundreds of thousands of holiday-makers ride on them. This book describes these three railways and n others: all have suffered closure or the threat of closure, and have subsequently revived, using steam locomotives and voluntary labour.
P. J. G. Ransom shows how to reach each line and what it is like when you get there. He describes how each scheme originated, what its objects are and the difficulties which its promoters have overcome; and he shows how the railways are operated, what they cost, and where the money comes from. Above all, he describes the organizations, often large but indistinct, which lie behind them: railway companies, preservation societies, supporters associations and charitable trusts.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little sunned at the spine and spotted on the rear flap. Ian Allan company stamp to the front pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight overall but with light spotting to the last leaves.
Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 183 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5½”.