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The Trains Now Departed: Sixteen Excursions into the Lost Delights of Britain's Railways [9780099590583]

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'In elegant prose, Michael Williams takes us on nostalgic journeys, reminding us - with smuts and smells - of what we have lost' - Michael Portillo

In The Trains Now Departed, Michael Williams tells the stories of some of the most fascinating lost trains of Britain, vividly evoking the glories of a bygone age. Our lost legacy includes lines prematurely axed, as well as marvels of locomotive engineering sent to the scrapyard, and grand termini felled by the wrecker's ball. Then there are the lost delights of train travel, such as haute cuisine in the dining car and continental boat trains to romantic far-off places.

We learn the tales of the pioneers who built the tracks, the yarns of the men and women who operated them, and about the colourful trains that ran on them. It is a journey into the soul of our railways, summoning up a magic which, although mired in time, is fortunately not lost for ever.

'Revel in what we've lost and wonder how on earth we ever had it. It's a perfect book for a leisurely, long rail journey' - Rail Magazine

'Williams celebrates the best of what is gone from our railways in 16 vivid, highly-readable chapters' - Spectator

AUTHOR: Michael Williams is the best-selling author of On the Slow Train, On the Slow Train Again and Steaming to Victory. He is a journalist, academic and author - writing, blogging and broadcasting on railways and other subjects for many media outlets, including the Independent, the BBC, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman, as well as the specialist railway press. He is also a travel writer, having covered the world for a variety of publications. He lives with his family in Camden Town, not far from St Pancras - Britain's most splendid railway station.
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