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Julian Holland

Born on 21 June, 1946, railway enthusiast Julian Holland grew up in Gloucester and fell in love with trains from a very early age. A highly acclaimed and award-winning writer and photographer, he has written many popular railways books including Great Railway Journeys of the World and Lost Railway Walks.

Before writing books about trains, he worked as a graphic designer and an art director at various publishing companies.



Julian Holland Books

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    Julian Holland
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    From the development of Britain's railways in 1603 through to the present day, this book is endlessly fascinating. Drawing on a lifetime of railway research, Julian Holland offers a first-class commentary complete with photographs and archive material.

    Showing how Britain has claimed many achievements including the first steam railway locomotive, the first inter-city railway and the world speed record for steam in 1938 (126mph, in case you were wondering).

    The book also looks at trains and railways' effect on the Great Victorian Age and the early 20th century before its nationalisation and modernisation from 1948 onwards. It also covers the Beeching Report in detail and the privatisation of the high-speed railways in the 1990s.
  • Great Railway Journeys of the World - Hardback - 9780007559350 - Julian Holland
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    Julian Holland
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    With stunning photography throughout, railway expert Julian Holland's Great Railway Journeys of the World is a gorgeous gift book that showcases some of the most scenic rail routes around.

    Including the likes of the Le Petit Train Jaune in the Pyrenees which features France's highest railway station, the Cape Town to Kimberley route in South Africa that heads across the Karoo Desert and the Trans-Australian railway that contains the world's longest stretch of dead straight track, the stunning photography and in-depth mapping is awe-inspiring.

    Published by The Times, the book is designed in a keepsake hardback format and offers detailed, informative text on the history, geography and present day operations of train journeys from 35 countries across every continent.
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    Fully updated essential guide to exploring Britain by train, Railway Day Trips is ideal for anyone planning or looking for inspiration for a rail journey. From bestselling railway author Julian Holland. This pocket companion is perfect for both casual and seasoned rail travellers. Plan adventures, follow the changing landscape through the train window and discover fascinating destinations. Each journey incorporates a location map, route diagram and descriptive text on its history and geography, plus some of the highlights awaiting you at each destination. High-quality photographs illustrate every route throughout the book. Based on his extensive knowledge of British rail travel, the author reveals appealing quirks of the various routes and provides practical tips on how to make the most of your journey. 160 day trips from all over the country are featured, departing from major towns and cities and culminating at a variety of interesting destinations. This 2nd edition includes 10 new routes: * Cambridge to Ipswich * Hereford to Newport * Cardiff to Ebbw Vale * Carmarthen to Fishguard * Manchester to Southport * Sheffield to Lincoln * Middlesbrough to Newcastle * Glasgow to Perth * Edinburgh to Tweedbank * Inverness to Wick
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    Exploring Britain's Lost Railways gives the historical background to over 50 lost railway lines, along with descriptions of the route today for walking and cycling. Each route is highlighted on historical Ordnance Survey mapping, showing which parts can still be followed today. The carefully researched text is accompanied by historical photographs showing each line in operation prior to its closure, as well as specially commissioned images from the present day. Thousands of miles of Britain's railways were closed during the 20th century, many following the implementation of the 'Beeching Report ' in the 1960s and early 1970s. Since then, many have been converted to footpaths and cycleways. Fortunately, both the keen walker and the railway enthusiast can enjoy these well-worn routes and hidden byways in peace and tranquillity. Follow the routes of over 50 long-closed railways across some of our most beautiful countryside and discover the lost railways of Britain. Routes include: * Drake's Trail - Plymouth to Tavistock * Downs Link - Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea * Midshires Way - Market Harborough to Northampton * Elan Valley Trail - Rhayader to Craig-Goch Dam * Hornsea Rail Trail - Hull to Hornsea * Deeside Way - Aberdeen to Ballater Exploring Britain's Lost Railways is an essential armchair companion for every railway enthusiast and outdoor adventurer.
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    Discover the fascinating histories and routes of 50 of the world's most scenic railways. Railway expert Julian Holland takes you on a journey around the world. Take a journey around the world by rail, from the American Rockies to the Australian outback, covering 50 routes from 35 countries. Detailed commentary on the geography and history of each line, from leading railways expert Julian Holland, is complemented by prestigious Times mapping and beautiful photography. Railway journeys include; * Le Petit Train Jaune in the Pyrenees featuring France's highest railway station. * Cape Town to Kimberley in South Africa a feat of late Victorian engineering through the Hex River Mountains and across the Karoo Desert. * Qinghai-Tibet Railway in China contains the highest railway, tunnel and station in the world. * Trans-Australian Railway in Australia contains the world's longest stretch of dead straight track. * Cumbres & Toltec Railroad in USA takes passengers on an awe-inspiring scenic 64-mile journey through the Rocky Mountains along the Colorado-New Mexico border. * La Trochita in Argentina where original oil-fired steam locomotives travel along a narrow gauge railway in the shadow of the Andes Mountains.
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    A nostalgic look back at the top spots for trainspotters in the 1950s and 60s. A wealth of memories for those once and always train enthusiasts who can remember the excitement of close encounters with steam and speed, tracks and trains, engines and engineers. Divided into the six British railway regions, each chapter documents the favourite stations and engine sheds that were a magnet to the spotter. An evocative look at the golden age of British railways in the post-war years, this book revisits the bestselling The Lost Joy of Railways with the addition of new photographs, personal note book pages, and other ephemera. A perfect gift for train spotters, old and young.
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    Much of Scotland's lost railway heritage is still out there waiting to be discovered. Researched and written by respected railway author Julian Holland and profusely illustrated with historical and present-day photographs, "Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways" will open the door to this secret world for the enthusiast as well as those with an interest in Scotland and its transport. Lost railways featured in this book: Dumfries to Stranraer, Connel Ferry to Ballachulish, Spean Bridge to Fort Augustus, Muir of Ord to Fortrose, Boat of Garten to Keith, Elgin to Tillynaught, Banff Inveramsay to Macduff, Kinnaber Junction to Stanley Junction via Forfar Gleneagles to Balquidder, and Dunblane to Crianlarich East Fife Waverley Route.
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    "The Lost Joy of Railways" will transport you back to the 1950s and 60s, reminding you not just of the trains but of personal accounts, journey logs, timetables and photographs. Divided into six regions of British railways, each chapter documents the favourite sections and engine sheds that were a magnet to the spotter. The book also includes records of trainspotting trips and the final days of steam, along with feature pages on famous railway photographers, schedules, works, scrapyards and essential clothing, equipment and survival kit for spotters. Each chapter also encompasses a section on the introduction of diesels throughout the system.