All Aboard! Remembering Britain’s Railways: A nostalgic trip down memory lane

Climb All Aboard! and travel back in time to the days when Britain’s railways were a national institution and when steam was still king.

Presenting a fascinating and diverse collection of British railway tales, best selling author Julian Holland brings the best of a lifetime of railway travelling, research and writing into one volume.

Stories range from Oliver Bulleid’s ‘Chinese Laundries’, the Lickey Incline and Liverpool’s ‘Dockers’ Umbrella’ to railway artists and clergy, a railway-owned airline and railways that were never built.

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This highly illustrated large-format book also contains many personal stories from the 1960s including trainspotting trips to South Wales in 1963 (21 engine sheds in one day), to Glasgow and Edinburgh in 1964 and a slow trek to Snowdonia in 1965 when author Julian Holland worked as a volunteer helping to rebuild the Ffestiniog Railway at Campbell’s Platform.

Other personal stories include insights into trainspotting at Julian’s local station of Gloucester Eastgate, holiday railway journeys over the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway to Lyme Regis and logged journeys behind steam locos.

Even the ‘Local Hero’ story of the heroic last stand by the Gloucestershire Regiment at the Battle of Imjin River in the Korean War in 1951 and a certain GWR ‘Castle’ Class locomotive has a personal touch.

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One of the 21 engine sheds in South Wales that author Julian Holland visited in one day: the inside of the roundhouse at Aberdare engine shed (88J), seen here on 15 September 1963. © Colour-Rail/T Owen

All Aboard! is a delightful miscellany for every railway enthusiast, filled with fascinating and, sometimes personal, obscure stories, facts and figures.

All Aboard! is published by Times Books. You can purchase your copy at

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