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The Lost Joy of Railways will transport you back to the 1950s and 1960s, with this stalgic look at Britain's railways in their glory days. Packed with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs, journey logs, trainspotting tebooks and ephemera, The Lost Joy of Railways is a vivid recollection of the whole atmosphere of the railways during that glorious era when we were trainspotters. Divided into the six regions of British railways, each chapter documents the favourite stations and engine sheds that were a magnet to the spotter...Western Region - Top spots include London Paddington, Oxford, Gloucester and Bristol Temple Meads, with a section on the miracles of Barry Scrapyard. Southern Region - Top spots include London Waterloo, Bournemouth, Exeter Central and Salisbury, with a section on Eastleigh Works which started life in 1891. Eastern Region - Top Spots include London Liverpool Street, London King's Cross and Doncaster, with a section on The Great Escape; only 50 former LNER steam locos have been saved for preservation, far fewer than any other 'big four' railway companies. London Midland Region - Top spots include London Euston, London St Pancras, Birmingham New Street, Liverpool and Carlisle, with a section on The Great Escape discussing the preserved locos from the LMS. North Eastern Region - Top spots include Leeds, York, Darlington and Newcastle, with a section on BR Standard Locos. Scottish Region - Top spots include Glasgow central, Edinburgh Princes Street, Edinburgh Waverley and Perth, with a section on BR Diesel and Electric Locos. Records of trainspotting trips and the final days of steam are also included, along with feature pages on famous railway photographers, schedules, works, scrapyards, dastardly diesels and essential clothing, equipment and survival kit for spotters. The Lost Joy of Railways is a time machine that will carry you back to those incent, glorious years when railways were still an integral part of our everyday lives.
Julian Holland has always had a passion for British railways and has documented his many journeys around Britain during the final years of steam. He has worked in the publishing industry for the last 39 years, coupling his work with his passion on many occasions, as titles such as Along Lost Lines, Tickets Please and Amazing and Extraordinary Railway Facts prove.