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Britain from the Rails


Britain from the Rails

There’s a magical romance about trains that no other form of transport can ever capture. Gathering speed through city, town and country, swooping across viaducts, rattling across junctions and whistling through tunnels. 

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It’s not just about avoiding the humiliating hell of airports or doing your bit for the planet. Only the railway offers relaxation and romance, the promise of a civilised window on the glorious landscape of this much-loved kingdom and its unique heritage. Britain is home to some wonderful railways, including a remote line that has been voted the World No 1 by those in the know – ahead even of the famous Orient Express and the luxurious Palace on Wheels.

In this acclaimed window-gazer’s guide, Benedict le Vay gives you the inside track on the compelling histories, amusing stories and beautiful sights associated with Britain’s finest railways. Now including a selection of ‘best-kept-secret’ railways that were recommended by readers from around the country, Britain from the Rails is the ultimate railway journey companion. Press your nose against the glass, and make the most of the age of the train.

Ben le Vay

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Secrets of the Brighton Line

Ben le Vay uncovers the history behind one of England's oldest railway lines. 

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Ben le Vay’s top ten rail journeys

Britain from the Rails author Ben le Vay gives his favourite British railway journeys. 

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Britain’s best steam attractions

From the moorlands of North Yorkshire to the south coast, Britain has some fantastic steam railways.

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