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The Minor Railways of East Anglia (Hardback)

Development, Demise and Destiny

Local History British History Transport Photographic Books Colour Books Trains and Railways

By Rob Shorland-Ball
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white
ISBN: 9781526744814
Published: 17th September 2020



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Rob Shorland-Ball is a former teacher and is also a born story teller and is well aware of the strong local loyalties in East Anglia.

Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are considered to be very different separate and independent areas by their inhabitants

When the author worked in Suffolk he explained that he came from Cambridge which he believed was the front door of East Anglia, an elderly Suffolk man to whom he was speaking, paused for a while and then said, with unarguable finality, here in Suffolk if Cambridge exists at all , it is a back door and rarely used.

The minor railways illustrated in this book were once busy transport links and made vital contributions to the social and business heritage of the area they served.

By the 1950s and 60s, when the author explored them, they were rarely used, so needed to be recorded and their stories told before they were forgotten entirely.

To bring this book up to date, the final section is called Destiny because some of the track beds have survived and flourished with new usage as restored heritage railways, footpaths and cycleways and one route as a busy busway.

The book is well produced with generally good clear photos in colour and black and white.

Railway and Canal Historical Society

A book that allows us to travel back in time and get to know these small railway lines in their best times. From the way it is written it is noticeable that the author has a great affection for the area.

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About Rob Shorland-Ball

Rob Shorland-Ball grew up in Cambridge, worked for BR at Cambridge Station and was Deputy Head and Project Development Director at the National Railway Museum ,York, from 1987 to 1994. He has an extensive knowledge of railways both as a researcher and author as well as a ‘hands-on’ steam engine, cleaner, fireman and driver. He has advised on projects at several heritage railways in the UK, at Steamtown, Scranton, Pennsylvania and Donetsk in the Ukraine. Rob, a former teacher, is also a born story teller so Cambridge Station comes to life in this book.

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