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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.
©2011 Michael Williams (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
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By John S. on 11-07-12

Great narration

I'm really bummed out that for some reason the second part is available as an audiobook, but not the first? I had a rough idea of where in Britain the routes were located, but having a map available would be helpful for potential readers. Not a book that can be read straight through, say a route at a time over a longer period.

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By Andrew on 04-05-12


This is well read and certainly made me want to travel the UK again. This is not only for rail buffs as there is extra interesting facts all along the way. The deep tones of the narrater fit well with the subject.

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By Lord Peridot on 05-30-16

Charming railway diary

The writing and recounting of the author's travels around Britain on neglected railway lines charms the listener with its mixture of scenery and wistful descriptions of a vanishing world. Recommended.

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