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101 Railway Stations A Journey of Variety by Jeffrey Graye

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This is indeed a ‘journey of variety, featuring as it does 101 railway stations, mostly abandoned, ranging in size from the likes of Leeds Central and Birmingham New Street to the tiny Black Dog Halt. The geographical spread is varied, with wonderful snippets of old Ordnance Survey maps showing you where the stations are or once were. We must admit that, although the work is beautifully-illustrated, with first-class reproduction, we found it rather depressing. Not with the standard of the book, but take Seaton Junction for instance. Where we once stood, many years ago, and watched a rebuilt ‘Merchant Navy’ go screaming through at the head of a huge Up train, all we see is abandonment and, apart from a single running road, desolation. However, forget our nostalgic prejudices, this is a book worthy of inclusion in any railway enthusiast’s library. There’s even a new station included as well; at Cranbrook in Devon. It would be dead easy to model!

ISBN: 978 0860936923. Price: £25.00

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