Michael Williams has spent the past year travelling along the fascinating rail byways of Britain for this new collection of journeys. Here is the 'train to the end of the world' running for more than four splendid hours through lake, loch and moorland from Inverness to Wick, the most northerly town in Britain. He discovers a perfect country branch line in London's commuterland, and travels on one of the slowest services in the land along the shores of the lovely Dovey estuary to the far west of Wales. He takes the stopping train across the Pennines on a line with so few services that its glorious scenery is a secret known only to the regulars. Here, too, is the Bittern Line in Norfolk and the Tarka Line in North Devon as well as the little branch line to the fishing port of Looe in Cornwall, rescued from closure in the 1960s and now celebrating its 150th anniversary taking families on holiday to the seaside. From the most luxurious and historic - aboard the Orient Express - to the most futuristic - on the driverless trains of London's Docklands Light Railway - here is a unique travel companion celebrating the treasures of our railway heritage from one of Britain's most knowledgeable railway writers.
Sixteen Excursions into the Lost Delights of Britain's Railways
Author: Michael Williams
Pubpsher: Random House
SOMETIMES you come across a lofty railway viaduct, marooned in the middle of a remote country landscape. Or a crumbling platform from some once-bustling junction buried under the buddleia. If you are lucky you might be able to follow some rusting tracks, or explore an old tunnel leading to...well, who knows where? Listen hard. Is that the wind in the undergrowth? Or the spectre of a train from a golden era of the past panting up the embankment? These are the ghosts of The Trains Now Departed. They are the railway lines, and services that ran on them that have disappeared and gone forever. Our lost legacy includes lines prematurely axed, often with a gripping and colourful tale of their own, as well as marvels of locomotive engineering sent to the scrapyard, and grand termini felled by the wrecker's ball. Then there are the lost delights of train travel, such as haute cuisine in the dining car, the grand expresses with their evocative names, and continental boat trains to romantic far-off places. The Trains Now Departed tells the stories of some of the most fascinating lost trains of Britain, vividly evoking the glories of a bygone age. In his personal odyssey around Britain Michael Williams tells the tales of the pioneers who built the tracks, the yarns of the men and women who operated them and the colourful trains that ran on them. It is a journey into the soul of our railways, summoning up a magic which, although mired in time, is fortunately not lost for ever. THIS EDITION REVISED AND UPDATED TO INCLUDE MAPS.
Selections introduces language students to 30 classic works of British and American literature, to be read for enjoyment and for language development. The range of writing spans nearly 300 years and the texts are arranged chronologically by date of publication. The extracts have been carefully chosen to be suitable for use at intermediate to upper-intermediate level. The texts are accompanied by: a short biography of each author including their literary characteristics and achievements; comprehension questions on author and text; discussion questions to encourage free expression; language extension exercises covering grammar, vocabulary, word-building, idioms and phrasal words; composition work and role-plays.
David Silver, the founder/director of OUT of ZION Ministries based in Israel, is an internationally recognised preacher and teacher who has recently embarked on a course of endeavouring to teach the Church about her Jewish roots and her relationship and responsibility to Israel and the Jewish people. David travels extensively conducting seminars and speaking to churches and prayer groups about the Biblical relationship between Israel and the Church, in the hope of awakening Christians to the prophetic relevance of Israel's rebirth and the calling on the Gentile Christians to co-labour with the Lord as He completes the restoration of Israel in preparation for the second coming of the Messiah.
Men's fiction; sexy espionage, comedy, a shoot-out, wry satire of four men who take themselveas too seriously in Europe in the '60's--before AIDS--and their ideologies less seriously than their own prospects for a line on the budget. for promotion, security, survival. Some readers will find a map of Euope useful; these guys get around.
Five men occupied their usual places in a first-class carriage, but the sixth place was empty... It is most unusual for the sixth man, Mr. Parador, to be late. The five commuters are wondering what happened to him, when a strange-looking man enters the compartment, dressed in black and wearing dark glasses. When he is told that the sixth seat is taken, he replies, in a deep sepulchral voice, "He won't be coming." He was right. Parador does not come, and his companions never see him alive again. And if Carolus Deena had not taken an interest in the case, the coroner's verdict of suicide would not have been questioned.
Alby Leung reckons the bloke offering the security gig is a nutbag. The bloke reckons Alby is some sort of military hardcase. Says he’ll place him in his team as an English teacher. Be weird enough if he was a teacher and army thug. But Alby’s a tradie and staunch noncombatant. Still, he’s being offered serious bucks, a flat rent free in hip Huangpu district, and it’s an AusAID training project for God’s sake? So what harm can there be? Well, plenty as it turns out. All starts with a missing workmate. Soon, Alby, is sinking in a swamp of killers, gangsters, bent bureaucrats and angry security officers.