The Great Way West
The History and Romance of the Paddington-Penzance Route
The railway to the West probably has a more fascinating history and passes through more varied scenery than any other line of comparable length. Here David St John Thomas, well-known for his portrayal of railways against a wide canvas, recaptures in words and pictures many of the early excitements and later achievements from the days of Brunet's atmospheric trains on the broad gauge, through the time man first travelled at 100 miles an hour, to the present day when the route West still retains exceptional interest. After a text of four short chapters, there are many pages of pictures portraying scenes old and new at various points along the 305 miles, and a special feature of the book is a series of detailed strip maps showing points of general, scenic and railway interest. This is a book for all who loved the Great Western, or who just want to get more enjoyment from their next train journey from Paddington. Many readers have indicated the pleasure given by the first printing of 1975. Extra illustrations including two pages devoted to steam specials run as part of GWR 150 in 1985 have been included for this.
Hardback with dust jacket, unpaginated, black & white photographs, gradient profiles
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