[Michael Williams] On the Slow Train [cabo verde Book] TXT
Is is today s railway A very well written travel book where the
Author Documents His Journeys Across documents his journeys across UK using many of the country s forgotten secondary routes From suburban London routes to rural back lines there s a bit of verything in here and following reading the book my list of places to visit has grown somewhat It may be that four stars is a little niggardly This is a very njoyable and njoyably slender book written whilst Williams was lecturing in the department of journalism at The University of Central Lancashire in Preston where Cath taught in the Business School for 11 years Williams is a journalist who held senior positions with the Independent and The Sunday Times but managed to fit in regular journalism about railways a lifelong love This joy and xtensive knowledge underpins the commentary on all of the journeys related here I was underpins the commentary on all of the journeys related here I was of Christian Wolmar another railway journalist without his
"PolemicismThe Journeys Described Range From The Former Tube Trains On "journeys described range from the former tube trains on Isle of Wight to the St Erth and St Ives line in Cornwall He travels on the 804 from Norwich along the Suffolk coast and on the Cumbrian coast line via Grange over Sands and Sellafield Most memorable perhaps were the steam xcursion to Canterbury and the West Highland line via Rannoch Moor I was certainly left ager to take the journeys myselfI spoke to my father last night about our intended move to Berwick upon Tweed and when I xplained that being in walking distance of a railway station is a priority for us it was clear that there was no meeting of minds He is a creature of the motor age for whom cars have always been an interest and a status symbol has never been a rail traveller and our local line from Selby to Bridlington was a victim of the Beeching cuts I can uite see that for farmers sons the motor car opened up the world and gave spe. Time lost in crowded carriages condemned by broken timetables On the Slow Train will reconnect with that long missed need to lift our heads from the daily grind and reflect that there are still places in Britain where one can stop and stare It will tap into many things a love of railways a lo. The author writes about his Herb Brooks experiences on some of the most interesting train journeys in the country In tone it feels a bit like a written version of Michael Portillo s Great British Railway Journeys but I like the way this book concentrates far on the journeys the stations the scenery and the people involved with the railwaysspecially those nthusiasts and volunteers who are instrumental in
"keeping some of the smaller lines open than that TV series doesIt is hardly a literary tour de force admittedly "some of the smaller lines open than that TV series doesIt is hardly a literary tour de force admittedly the author s nthusiasm for his subject really comes across and it was very relaxing and fun to read I kept finding myself picking it up to Read A Bit Whenever I a bit whenever I a few minutes to spare If I was taking one of these trains I d definitely take it with me and look out for all the things the author mentions while on the journey Michael Williams caveats this tome by saying that it is unashamedly nostalgic This is true mourning as he does the country station with a roaring fire cheery porter with a fob watch restaurant cars with starched white tablecloths and the clinking of wine glasses The sprung seat of a Pullman 576 B class rolling stock I m just nostalgic for the days when you could buy a supersaver on the day for any train rather than three months in adv Brilliant writer can t wait to read the next instalment Very asy to read Evocative and nostalgic but not overly so And I can only recall one mistake Recommended A delightful read I bought the book on a whim overly so And I can only recall one mistake Recommended A delightful read I bought the book on a whim one of those cheap bookshops then nearly didn t bother to read it I m glad I did It is an asy read but a fascinating look at 12 very different old journeys taken on the modern September Sacrifice euivalent trains Bucolic measurement amblingsVery pleasant awayday trundle down the secondary railways of Britain It reads like an old steam railway trip to nostalgia junction However th. Never was the sadness of thend of an affair so poignantly Military Tribunals Amp Presidential Power expressed than in Flanders and Swann'slegy The Slow Train This beautifully packaged book will take the reader on the slow train to another ra when travel meant than hurrying from one place to the next the journey meaning nothing but. ,
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Ed and relative luxury but my reaction was a little different I too found being in the middle of nowhere isolating but having to use the car for ach and Ancient Inca everyxternal need seemed unsatisfactory wasteful and inefficient Perhaps I just like walking than some and to walk or cycle to a railway station opens up a world of possibilities The huge growth in rail travel over the last 20 years suggests that we have rediscovered our railways and Michael Williams is all for that Gem of a book introducing us to or reminding us of twelve slow train journies And Recalling Many We recalling many we lost Enjoy these while you can as I have seen so much lost in my own lifetime and when buildings are demolished and land is sold off it can t be put back A little disappointing unfortunately It wasn t the subject matter I like a bit of British rural travel writing just as I like the same kind of thing on television too but the handing of the theme Too me there was a bit too little beauty in the descriptions and too little depth and conversely too much factual content Revenant especially in terms of the transport history ofach route with snippets of stuff taken from other writers and poets It would ve worked well as monthly columns in a railway The Hebrides enthusiast magazine but as a book it became of decreasing interest to me despite havingnjoyed three or four of the routes myself in real life Especially deserving of criticism was a strange comment on the second page stating how much has changed nearly half a century since Beeching and just how wrong the former BR Chairman got it not only
Has It The St Erth To Stit the St Erth to St line outlived the good chairman it is one of the few rural branch lines in the UK to make money This felt like predictable sentimental attack on Dr Beeching and surely if as stated so few lines were found to be conomically viable then Beeching was right therefore. Ve of history and a love of nostalgia This book will be a paean to another age before milk churns porters and cats on seats were replaced by security announcements and Burger King These twelve spectacular journeys will help free us from what Baudelaire denounced as the horrible burden of time. .