Last Call for the Dining Car

Last Call for the Dining Car

The Telegraph Book of Great Railway Journeys

Book - 2009
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Ever since Paul Theroux embarked in London on the first train of his Great Railway Bazaar, railways have been a rich source for the best travel writing.

This is truer than ever in the twenty-first century. As the environmental implications of relentless air travel cast an ominous shadow over the prospect of foreign adventure, the opportunity to jump on a train at St Pancras and be whisked straight to the continent offers a wonderful alternative. Train travel has assumed a new pragmatic importance as well as romance -- which is no doubt why so many more tour companies are offering a great train ride as part of their holiday itineraries.

Now, Michael Kerr, the Telegraph' s deputy Travel Editor, has burrowed deep in the newspaper' s archives and collected together the very best of its writings about the railway: here are journeys non-stop from London to Vladivostok; across the Canadian Rockies; the first train to traverse Australia from Darwin to Alice Springs; and on the teeming, crawling, travelling adventure of Indian railways. In scenes much more familiar to the British commuter, Boris Johnson discovers his " inner McEnroe" thanks to signal failure in the Midlands, and Michael Palin samples the delights of British Rail Inter-City.

This is an anthology that will appeal to the railway buff and the armchair traveller alike; to anyone who has ever Inter-railed in their youth and everyone nostalgic for the days when the only way to cross a continent was by train.

Publisher: London : Aurum, 2009
ISBN: 9781845134976
1845134974
Characteristics: xix, 338 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kerr, Michael journalist

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