Farewell to Trains: A Lifetime's Journey Along Britain's Changing Railways

Author(s): David St.John Thomas


David St John Thomas is Britain's one-time bestselling railway author, who built a formidable publishing empire first based mainly on railways. In Farewell to Trains, he summarizes his lifetime's passion. Personal reminiscences and evocative descriptions of railway life are interspersed with extracts from over 65 years of the author's railway writings, and illustrated throughout with archive photography. In this poignant love letter, the author says farewell to the restaurant cars, the sleeping carriages, the non-stop expresses and the cheap excursion trains, the local stations bustling with the railway's peripheral trades and liveried staff, the semaphore and signal boxes, and of course the great steam engines.


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DAVID ST JOHN THOMAS is the author of many books, including a bestselling series chronicling the four big railway companies. He is the founder of the publishing house David & Charles, which he ran for 30 years. He lives in Nairn, Scotland. His other titles for Frances Lincoln are Remote Britain (9780711230545), Country Railway (9780711232600), Journey Through Britain (9780711225688) and Railway Season (9780711232594).

General Fields

  • : 9780711234079
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : October 2013
  • : 284mm X 216mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2013
  • : books

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  • : David St.John Thomas
  • : Hardback
  • : 385
  • : 256
  • : Colour and black & white