Rails to the Sea.

By John Hadrill

Printed: 1999

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers. Penryn

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 25 × 30 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 25 x 30 x 3

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In the original dustsheet. Blue cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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A tour around Britain’s coastline featuring railways; past present and heritage. This book gives the reader an idea of the debt that seaside resorts owe to railways, but they did not always appreciate how important they were, turning their back on rail, particularly in the 60s and 70s. Some resorts did not exist prior to the coming of the railways, and all certainly owe their expansion to them. Conversely these resorts generated a great deal of railway traffic as well. The L N E R land tour featured sounds like a fantastic journey, I can’t imagine how much a similar journey would be today. The book is easily read and will be of interest across a wide spectrum of readership. There are however some basic errors. The author uses the name of British Rail when referring to the railways pre 1965, there is an allusion to Preston Guild being an annual event when it is in fact every twenty years, Waverley is not the largest station in Britain, that honour falls to Waterloo and when the broad gauge track was removed on Holyhead pier, standard gauge rails were laid and these were in use until the early 80s. Apart from these errors the book is a very good read and includes a chronology of railway building to the resorts.

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