The Minor Railways of East Anglia (Hardback)
Development, Demise and Destiny
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.Unos Cuantos Trenes
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