Cover of The Trains Now Departed.

The Trains Now Departed

author: Michael Williams (2015)
date read: 25 December 2020
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This is a book about aspects of Britain’s railways that have been lost and forgotten. Some chapters focus on a specific line or service, others talk about a particular experience – say, named services or the dining car.

It’s easy to read and flows nicely; it would benefit from a few maps to show what it’s talking about. (I did discover some at the end of the book, but that was a bit late!)

But more than talking about any specific experience, what this book tries to do – and succeeds in doing – is convincing you that something has been lost on Britain’s railways. The past wasn’t perfect, but there was character and charm that is no longer present today.

This was a gift from Grandma and Granddad for Christmas 2019.

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