The Beaten Track Volume 2: The Traction and Extremities of Britain's Rail Network 1970-1985

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Volume 1 of The Beaten Track was released in 2021. Its combination of outstanding colour photography, featuring superseded motive power and long-lost extremities of the British railway network received widespread critical acclaim and gave rise to a reprint within months.

We’re now proud to present The Beaten Track Volume 2 – a second selection of the best colour photography from 1970–1985. More than 280 high quality images illustrate an assortment of traction types, very few of which can still be seen on the main line, many at railway locations that have long since disappeared or have changed out of all recognition.

All the photographs are accompanied by extensive captions, containing considerable historical and anecdotal information relating to the lines, stations and trains depicted. Hardback. A4 size. 176 pages.

Reviews of The Beaten Track Volume 2:

  • “The best just got better…sublime…stunning…truly excellent…this series of books will become collectors’ items.” Railways Illustrated
  • “An excellent publication which we can unreservedly recommend.” The Diesel & Electric Preservation Group
  • “Simply magnificent. A fantastically varied array of images. Worth going out of your way to read.” Rail Express

Reviews of The Beaten Track Volume 1:

  • “Your BLN Editor cannot recommend this book too highly... hard to put down.” Branch Line News
  • “A real “wow” book... superb selection... I’d highly recommend this book to anyone!” Pip Dunn
  • “Buy a copy – you won’t be disappointed. Product of the Month.” Railways Illustrated
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