Author: Michael Williams
In The Trains Now Departed, Michael Williams tells the stories of some of the most fascinating lost trains of Britain, vividly evoking the glories of a bygone age. Our lost legacy includes lines prematurely axed, as well as marvels of locomotive engineering sent to the scrapyard, and grand termini felled by the wrecker’s ball. Then there are the lost delights of train travel, such as haute cuisine in the dining car and continental boat trains to romantic far-off places.
We learn the tales of the pioneers who built the tracks, the yarns of the men and women who operated them, and about the colourful trains that ran on them. It is a journey into the soul of our railways, summoning up a magic which, although mired in time, is fortunately not lost for ever.