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Rolt was one of a small group of amateur railwaymen who made their dream of running their own railway come true and his graphic and often amusing account of this unique achievement is a record of individual enterprise and creative effort as refreshing as it is rare. Established by Act of Parliament in 1865 and unaffected by mergers and nationalization, the Talyllyn Railway Rolt was one of a small group of amateur railwaymen who made their dream of running their own railway come true and his graphic and often amusing account of this unique achievement is a record of individual enterprise and creative effort as refreshing as it is rare. Established by Act of Parliament in 1865 and unaffected by mergers and nationalization, the Talyllyn Railway has been serving a remote and beautiful valley in the Merioneth mountains ever since. In 1950 the line threatened to close, and it was at that moment that the amateurs came to the rescue. It is now the oldest surviving railway of its kind in the world. This book will appeal strongly to all railway devotees and to lovers of the Welsh countryside, for with that descriptive power which characterized his previous books, Rolt makes the reader constantly aware of the magnificent mountain background which forms the romantic setting for his Railway Adventure. First published in 1953, this edition is completely re-typeset and illustrated.


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Rolt was one of a small group of amateur railwaymen who made their dream of running their own railway come true and his graphic and often amusing account of this unique achievement is a record of individual enterprise and creative effort as refreshing as it is rare. Established by Act of Parliament in 1865 and unaffected by mergers and nationalization, the Talyllyn Railway Rolt was one of a small group of amateur railwaymen who made their dream of running their own railway come true and his graphic and often amusing account of this unique achievement is a record of individual enterprise and creative effort as refreshing as it is rare. Established by Act of Parliament in 1865 and unaffected by mergers and nationalization, the Talyllyn Railway has been serving a remote and beautiful valley in the Merioneth mountains ever since. In 1950 the line threatened to close, and it was at that moment that the amateurs came to the rescue. It is now the oldest surviving railway of its kind in the world. This book will appeal strongly to all railway devotees and to lovers of the Welsh countryside, for with that descriptive power which characterized his previous books, Rolt makes the reader constantly aware of the magnificent mountain background which forms the romantic setting for his Railway Adventure. First published in 1953, this edition is completely re-typeset and illustrated.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    A wonderfully written account of the early preservation days of the Talyllyn Railway. The first couple of chapters provide a potted history of the pre preservation era of the railway. Rolt has quite a talent for description and one can almost picture the beautiful Welsh landscape and smell the steam smoke. I throughly enjoyed this account of the Talyllyn, a railway I knew of through my childhood reading of Rev. W. Awdry's Railway Series, but didn't know much about. Thanks to this book and Rolt's A wonderfully written account of the early preservation days of the Talyllyn Railway. The first couple of chapters provide a potted history of the pre preservation era of the railway. Rolt has quite a talent for description and one can almost picture the beautiful Welsh landscape and smell the steam smoke. I throughly enjoyed this account of the Talyllyn, a railway I knew of through my childhood reading of Rev. W. Awdry's Railway Series, but didn't know much about. Thanks to this book and Rolt's wonderful writing style, that has now been happily rectified.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul Godfrey

    Excellent A vivid and entertaining story of the beginning of railway preservation. Brought back some great holiday memories. If you like steam trains I am sure you will enjoy it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andy Malcolm

    A lovely work of non fiction detailing the story of a collection of optimistic and ambitious railway 'fans' who acquired their own small piece of long forgotten national network in the 1950s, replete with an ancient late 19th century train and a track in very poor condition. A breezy, entertaining read that nicely puts into perspective a different era. Even in the 1950s the author himself feels "out of time", and he descends into a rant about the ravages of the welfare state and public ownership A lovely work of non fiction detailing the story of a collection of optimistic and ambitious railway 'fans' who acquired their own small piece of long forgotten national network in the 1950s, replete with an ancient late 19th century train and a track in very poor condition. A breezy, entertaining read that nicely puts into perspective a different era. Even in the 1950s the author himself feels "out of time", and he descends into a rant about the ravages of the welfare state and public ownership destroying creativity and human personality towards the very late pages. Regardless of that un-necessary political diversion, this is a joy to read and a great account.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Tilston

    Fuelled my interest in narrow gauge railways when I first read it in 1973, I've read it twice again since, a classic! Fuelled my interest in narrow gauge railways when I first read it in 1973, I've read it twice again since, a classic!

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