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ISBN: 9780857042859
AUTHOR: Matt Allen
The Mid Hants Railway Revisited
The Mid Hants Railway Revisited
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This book takes a return trip to the Mid Hants Railway, commonly known as “The Watercress Line”, to see what has changed since Matt Allen’s original book on the line was published by Halsgrove in 2007.

There is no better sight than a superbly restored steam locomotive in action and the Mid Hants Railway is one of the best heritage railways in the UK to see this happen, with its steep gradients ensuring the locomotives have to work hard.

The Mid Hants is one of the many railways that fell foul of the Beeching review and was closed by British Railways in 1973. However a determined band of volunteers who were keen not to see this line fade from history set about preserving and rebuilding it to its former glory.

The line was partially re-opened from Alresford to Ropley in 1977, extending to Medstead in 1983, and in 1985 Alton followed, finally connecting the railway back with the mainline. It is now, one of the UK’s premier heritage railways and one of Hampshire’s biggest tourist attractions.

Matt Allen has used his local knowledge of the railway to showcase over 150 spectacular photographs which capture the essence of what the railway is all about. The line continues to develop and evolve, which means for the photographer and the returning visitor there is always something new to see.

Throughout this book you will see the locomotives that haul the passengers along the 10 mile journey; the people who give up their time to make it all happen; the sympathetically restored stations and even the author’s 1964 Triumph 3TA motorbike being used a scenic prop!

Matt Allen has been interested in railways for as long as he can remember. His father was a fireman in the steam days and latterly a driver for British Rail, so an interest in railways may appear to be in the bloodline. Matt’s first job was in a camera shop and was one that he greatly enjoyed; so it seemed inevitable these interests would someday collide. However, his interest in railway photography wasn’t ignited until the new “digital photography” revolution. It provided what he had always craved for, instant results from the camera. He is a regular contributor to the railway media, organises railway photography events and has also written other books in this series including his first book on the Mid Hants Railway, to which this title is the successor. Every autumn also sees the launch of his annual ‘Steam Railway Calendar’ showcasing his best pictures from the year. Most weekends will find him photographing steam trains somewhere, covering many miles all over the country in the process. Holidays tend to revolve around strategic locations for heritage railways, so if you are sitting on a steam train and see someone standing in the middle of a field pointing a camera, it might just be Matt!

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 285 9, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published June 2016.

Images of Home Counties RailwaysImages of Home Counties Railways - £19.99
In this new volume of photographs from the Maurice Dart Collection the author covers the railways in the area widely known as the Home Counties which for this volume take in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire together with north and west London.
Kent, Surrey, Sussex & S London RailwaysKent, Surrey, Sussex & S London Railways - £19.99
In this new volume of photographs from the Maurice Dart Collection the author covers the railways in the south-east corner of England, a region that while amongst the most populous, is little explored and holds a particular fascination for the railway enthusiast.
The Mid Hants RailwayThe Mid Hants Railway - £14.99
This magnificent book by local photographer Matt Allen, follows the course of the line from Alresford to Alton, depicting a variety of engines and events along the way. In over 140 full-colour images he captures the life of the railway through the seasons, its buildings, locomotives, rolling stock and the stalwarts whose dedication enables the line to flourish.
RailmotorRailmotor - £16.99
Robin Jones tells the truly astonishing story of the re-birth of Great Western Railway steam railmotor No. 93 - 'the missing link', restored to a gleaming example of Edwardian magnificence. Backed by a wealth of both archive and modern-day pictures, this unique and ground-breaking book reshapes the way we look at the history of passenger rail transport.
Images of Wiltshire RailwaysImages of Wiltshire Railways - £19.99
Another book in this popular and growing series featuring photographs from the collection of Maurice Dart, authority on Westcountry railways.
The Bluebell Railway RevisitedThe Bluebell Railway Revisited - £14.99
Here premier railway photographer Matt Allen, one of the most active in the UK, takes a photographic journey along the 11 mile Bluebell Railway, showing all the railway has to offer and – of course – the new extension to East Grinstead.
Britain's Bizarre RailwaysBritain's Bizarre Railways - £16.99
Robin Jones, founding editor of Heritage Railway magazine makes a welcome return with a book which opens many new doors into the understanding and appreciation of the concept of railways – however insane!
Isambard Kingdom BrunelIsambard Kingdom Brunel - £4.99
In Halsgrove’s pocket-sized hardback series of great lives, renowned railway specialist Robin Jones re-tells the inspiring story of Brunel, engineer extraordinaire.
Letting off SteamLetting off Steam - £19.99
Letting Off Steam is a celebration of David Weston’s atmospheric paintings of the era and of the locomotives that have inspired his work. Treasured by all who share the artist’s passion for railways, the book will be enjoyed also for its insight into the life and work of this remarkable artist.
Malcolm Root's Railway PaintingsMalcolm Root's Railway Paintings - £19.99
In this evocative book Malcolm Root,, aided by a sparkling commentary from Tom Tyler, presents an amazingly accurate record of the days of steam on Britain's railways, from the mighty express locomotives racing one another to the north, to the quiet byways of the railway system where aged engines potter along almost forgotten branch lines.
Images of Hampshire and Isle of Wight RailwaysImages of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Railways - £19.99
Here are rare photographs, many of them taken by the author Maurice Dart, of main line locomotives and private and industrial lines, many of which no longer exist. Each is accompanied by the author’s own text, unique reminiscences of the locomotives that once ran on the westcountry’s extensive rail system.
Wiltshire RailwaysWiltshire Railways - £19.99
Colin Maggs, the renowned expert on railway history, tells the fascinating tale of the railways and the impact they had on the lives of everyone in the county - explored in an expert text and in more than two hundred evocative images
Spirit of the Bluebell RailwaySpirit of the Bluebell Railway - £4.99
Through more than 60 photographs in a handy pocket-sized format, Matt Allen captures the true spirit of the line, taking us on a photographic journey along its route and highlighting the reasons why the railway can rightly boast to being among the most popular heritage lines in the country.
Web Price: £16.99
19.69 EUR 21.24 USD 27.83 AUD

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