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So far as most of us are concerned, steam trains vanished in a puff of smoke back in the 1960s, around the time much of the railway network itself disappeared. Other than a few survivors pulling day-trippers along short stretches of track, the received wisdom is that steam is over. Yet the reality is different.
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Borderers with boots made for walking are invited to celebrate the beauty and magnificence of routes between the regions railway stations.
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A proposed north-west railway that never got off the ground will be the focus of an online talk as part of the Ullapool Book Festival, organisers have said.
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Book: Cover of 'A Quite Impossible Proposal: How not to Build a Railway' by Andrew Drummond, published by Birlinn on 24th September. (Image to accompany a book review by David Spaven.)
Birlinn 09/09/2020

There were no shortage of bold plans devised to improve the quality of Highland railways during the Victorian era.
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Book: Cover of 'A Quite Impossible Proposal: How not to Build a Railway' by Andrew Drummond, published by Birlinn on 24th September. (Image to accompany a book review by David Spaven.)
Birlinn 09/09/2020

A rail consultant has told of his surprise at finding a Victorian engineer's proposals for a rail link between Scotland and Ireland.
Edinburgh-based David Spaven believed the plans for a tunnel, causeway or an undersea bridge between Stranraer and Belfast were not widely known today.
The plans feature in a new book, Mapping the Railways, Mr Spaven has co-written with author Julian Holland.
It also includes abandoned ideas for light railways on Skye and Lewis.
Published for the The Times by Collins, the book has been described as the most comprehensive collection of British railway maps dating from 1819 to the present day.

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