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...