In a follow-up to the hugely successful On The Slow Train, here are twelve more of the most beautiful and historic railway journeys in Britain. Extravagantly well-reviewed, the Daily Mail eulogised author Michael Williams' ability to recreate 'a magical world barely changed since the golden age of rail'.
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.
“A delicious read, an evocative tour of our heritage, and a past that, in some places at least, still remain in the present”
“A wonderful follow-up to his excellent On The Slow Train ... The author weaves the strands of past times, and how the railways have changed, in with the details of the present day places wonderfully well ... Williams has a languid, charming, almost hypnotic style of writing which is well worth reading for the sheer pleasure of his language”
“One man's joyous account of his two-year, 30,000 mile quest to find Britain's most enchanting rail journeys”