Branch Lines of Strathearn - Tourists, Tatties and Trains, by John Young
Published by Lightmoor Press in 2014, 296 pages. Large Hardback - c.28cm by 22cm (N6074)
From the rear side cover: Sir Walter Scott once described Perthshire as ‘the most varied and the most beautiful’ county in Scotland. Within Perthshire, Strathearn fully merits this accolade, with Upper Strathearn renowned as a tourist destination, and the lower reaches being a rich agricultural area. For over a century, the branch lines of Strathearn were an integral part of this district. This comprehensive history of those lines is the culmination of research over fifty years, drawing on many original documents and contemporary accounts. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 300 photographs, many never previously published, and over 200 other illustrations, it traces the development of these branch lines from the opening of the Crieff Junction Railway in 1856 to the closure of the last section of line in 1967. This book also details the part these railways played in the development of the district and the communities they served, including a chapter on Gleneagles Hotel, all of which will be of interest to the general reader as well as the railway enthusiast.
The book is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, drawings and line diagrams.
The condition of the book is generally very good, apart from the rear side cover, which has several scratches across the cover board. Aside from this, the covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.