Top 10 Books About Trains; No. 9 Parallel Lines by Ian Marchant

This week's Guardian Newspaper published Andrew Martin's stab at the Top Ten books about railways. Proudly I can say that at No 9 is Parallel Lines (Or, Journeys on the Railway of Dreams) by Ian Marchant. I'm not only pleased to say he is one of my best friends but also I provided photos for his book. What Andrew says about the book;
The "railway of dreams" is compared with the ("largely shit") modern network as Marchant tries to comprehend rail enthusiasm. His journey by train through Britain and Ireland is apparently rambling, but is also compelling and amusing. The reader learns a lot about both British railway history and the cussed, ultimately humane character of the author.
And here are a few of the shots that never made the book...

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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