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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.


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Julian Holland Books

  • The Times Golden Years of Rail Travel

    Julian Holland

    Product Code: GYRT
    Hardback
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    Full steam ahead with the Golden Years of Rail Travel!

    Julian Holland, an authoritative voice on railways and a huge favourite with The Book People's customers, celebrates an era when the distinctive sound of steam and locomotive engines was the starting point for so many incredible adventures.

    Covering between 1900 and 1968, this book looks at the development of the trains, the multitude of railway companies that were formed and the six regions of British Railways and features a number of stunning archive photographs.
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  • The Times Britain's Hidden Railways

    Julian Holland

    Product Code: TBHR
    Hardback
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    Discover 50 derelict and long-closed railways hidden amidst the countryside of Britain in this beautiful book from The Times.

    Each route is highlighted on historical Bartholomew's mapping that shows the parts of the route that can still be followed by foot today. The profiles also have carefully researched text and historical photographs from when they were in use.

    This book also contains specially commissioned present-day images of famous routes including the Jersey railway, the Crab & Winkle line and Dava Way.
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  • Lost Railway Walks

    Julian Holland

    Product Code: CDATX
    Paperback
    More than 100 walks across the length and breadth of Britain's lost railway lines. Each walk includes a short history of the railway before it closed, a description of what can be seen along it today, practical details such as car parking, access by public transport, a detailed route map and historical and modern day photographs. 4,500 miles of railway and 2,000 stations were closed between 1963 and the mid-1970s. While many of these still remain hidden away in the undergrowth or have been lost to road improvements and urban or industrial development, a growing number continue to be slowly reopened both as recreational footpaths and cycleways and as wildlife corridors. Some of our lost railways have also been incorporated into long distance paths, while they all form wildlife corridors in which butterflies, birds, small mammals and wild flowers flourish. They all provide a perfect setting to enjoy a day's walk in the countryside. This extended second edition with 8 new routes including Canterbury to Whitstable, Witham to Maldon, Great Malvern to Ashchurch, Jarrow to Tanfield.
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  • The Times Britain's Hidden Railways

    Julian Holland

    Product Code: BUXLT
    Hardback
    Follow the routes of 50 long-closed and derelict railways across some of our most beautiful countryside and discover the hidden railways of Britain. Each route is highlighted on historical Bartholomew's 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. Routes include: * Yatton to Witham - Strawberry Line * Crab & Winkle Line - Canterbury to Whitstable * Jersey railway - St Helier to La Corbiere * Mawddach Trail - Barmouth to Dolgellau * South Tyne Trail - Haltwhistle to Alston * Dava Way - Forres to Aviemore
  • Railway Day Trips

    Julian Holland

    Product Code: AYEFZ
    Paperback
    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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  • World Railway Journeys

    Julian Holland

    Product Code: ARGRR
    Paperback
    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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  • Exploring Britain's Lost Railways

    Julian Holland

    Product Code: ANNCH
    Paperback
    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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