Steaming Across Britain (Julian Holland)

Steaming Across Britain (Julian Holland) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Transport Rail section. priced at £8.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

Basingstoke: AA Publishing, 2011, Hardback in dust wrapper.

A Later Printing. Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps;

From the cover: Many of us still have fond memories of those halcyon days in the 1950s and early 1960s when steam reigned supreme on the main lines and country byways of Britains railways. Despite the Modernisation Plan of 1955 and Dr Beechings Report of 1963, steam still clung on to life in parts of northern England until August 1968 when it was finally swept away along with the closure of many of the countrys railways. This book is an unashamedly nostalgic and meticulously researched look back to those final glorious years.

Steaming Across Britain features more than 350 rarely-seen photographs, many from private collections, from the countrys leading railway photographers. Every route has been carefully recreated on period mapping enabling the reader to follow each route alongside images of the marked stations. Featuring 33 railway lines across the six former regions of British Railways, Julian Holland follows the story of each line from their Victorian beginnings right through to their 21st century status. Some lines, such as the Waverley Route between Carlisle and Edinburgh, have long been closed but others are still thriving as part the current rail network, albeit without the romance of a regular steam engine plying its route. In many cases, former closed routes have been reopened as heritage lines run by well-organised groups and enthusiasts. Such organisations, listed here alongside museums, preserve a crucial link with our transport heritage and provide a glimpse of yesteryear for new generations.

Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Matching Pictorial boards. 256 pages. Index. 11¼” x 9″.

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