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ISBN: 9781841149288
Spa Valley Railway
Spa Valley Railway
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In 1985 one of the last major railway closures in the United Kingdom saw British Rail abandon the line between Eridge in Sussex and Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Whilst closed railways metamorphosing into successful heritage lines are now common, the battle to return life to this line, the SpaValley Railway, was long and hard fought.

In comparison to other heritage railways the Spa Valley is a ‘late arrival’. However such youthfulness pays dividends. The railway’s volunteer base is on average younger and more dynamic than many and its use of both steam and heritage diesel traction appeals to visitors across the generations.

Through top quality photography David Staines takes you on a pictorial journey, initially back to the struggle to save the line and later along the length of today’s railway. He showcases the contrasting scenes, beautiful landscape and variety of locomotives and rolling stock which make the Spa Valley one of the most diverse and ground-breaking heritage railways in the country.

p> David Staines first photographed the line that would become the Spa Valley Railway in the 1970s and joined the preservation society in its earliest days. He currently serves as the Spa Valley’s press officer. This involvement with the heritage railway movement is in contrast to his wider and more renowned ongoing role as a nationally established railway journalist and feature writer, generally concentrating on current industry developments. His detailed coverage of the building of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link featured widely in the media. With his wife and daughter he lives in Kent, close to the Spa Valley Railway.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 928 8, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published May 2009.

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