Exploring Britain's Lost Railways: A Nostalgic Journey Along 50 Long-Lost Railway Lines (Paperback)
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Learn about the historical background to more than 50 of Britain's lost railway lines, along with descriptions of the route today for walking and cycling
Thousands of miles of Britain's railways were closed during the 20th century, many following the implementation of the "Beeching Report" in the 1960s and early 1970s. Since then many were converted to footpaths and bikeways. Fortunately, both the keen walker and the railway enthusiast can enjoy these well-worn routes and hidden byways in peace and tranquility. Follow the routes of over 50 long-closed railways across some of the UK's most beautiful countryside, and discover the lost railways of Britain. Each route is highlighted on historical Ordnance Survey mapping, showing which parts can still be followed today. The carefully researched text is accompanied by historical photographs showing each line in operation prior to its closure, as well as specially commissioned images from the present day. Exploring Britain's Lost Railways is an essential armchair companion for every railway enthusiast and outdoor adventurer.
About the Author
Julian Holland is writer and photographer on many railway books, including Britain’s Scenic Railways and The Times Mapping the Railways. His other books include Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways, The Lost Joy of Railways, The Lost Lines of Britain, and Steaming Across Britain.
"If the author is Julian Holland, and the subject is railways, you know you're going to be in for a treat." —Cotswold Life
"Some of Britain's railways may be lost—but, with the level of enthusiasm Julian Holland can muster for his subject, they will never be forgotten." —Western Morning News
"Beeching may have closed the lines and the trains no longer run, but the routes themselves can still be enjoyed." —Heritage Railways