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Great Western Branch Line Gallery (Hardback)

Colour Books Photographic Books Transport > Trains & Railways

By Kevin McCormack
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 37 colour illustrations and 170 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399098717
Published: 24th May 2023

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This book is a gallery of more than two hundred photographs, including a colour section, featuring a selection of Great Western Railway/British Railways (Western) branch lines and similar services taken between 1900 and 1965. The emphasis is pictorial rather than factual with the aim of using photographs provided by two transport charities as well as the author, all of which are unlikely to have appeared previously in print or on the Internet. Generally, images depict working trains surrounded by recognisable infrastructure, often with station nameboards visible. Such pictures should be of particular interest to railway modellers as well as invoking nostalgia for the older generation who were pursuing their hobby around the time the pictures were taken. Most of the branch lines covered were victims of the 1960s "Beeching Axe", with closure to passengers or complete closure coming even earlier in some cases. Most of the services depicted are steam operated although a few GWR and BR diesel railcars/multiple units are included. All the scenes seem to reflect a more leisurely way of life than exists today.

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Branch Line Society

"This book deserves top marks: it will really excite branch line enthusiasts as it contains over 200 photographs (most never published before)..."

Branch Line News

"...will provide endless hours of fascinating browsing. The perfect stocking-filler this Christmas for any Western enthusiast."

The Great Western Echo - Journal of the Great Western Society - No.243, Autumn 2023

"This book will really excite Branch Line enthusiasts...The pictorial journey offered by this book is also unique in that most of the photographs have never been published before."

EPB Magazine - October 2023

"So, if you like photographic compilations, and particularly those featuring South Wales, Kevin McCormack’s book is one to buy."

Welsh Railways Research Circle - Newsletter No. 174, Summer 2023

"If you like photographic compilations, and particularly South Wales, Kevin McCormack's book is one to buy..."

Friends of the National Railway Museum Review - Summer 2023

This Book will also be a great attraction to many railway modellers who will find some fine detail for their branch line projects. This book is worth every penny and I will be surprised if anyone who buys it is disappointed.

Rother Valley Railways The Phoenix No 104 Summer 2023

About Kevin McCormack

Kevin McCormack has written forty books on railways and road transport and is actively involved in preservation. He owns a Victorian railway carriage at Didcot Railway Centre, Oxfordshire and is a regular steward at the London Bus Museum located at Brooklands, Surrey.

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