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Parallel Lines

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…

Scenes from the Longest Crawl

The Longest Crawl by Ian Marchant; Mono Photography by Paul Williams

I’ve posted black and white images from the April 2005 Longest Crawl roadtrip here before. Here are more, images that never made into Ian Marchant’s The Longest Crawl The Longest Crawl by Ian Marchant; Mono Photography by Paul Williams.
As we journeyed from one end of the country to the other it seemed I had no other purpose; image after image, a thousand or more.
I can see no particular theme or thread except perhaps the obsessive repeated observation that the world is full of shapes.