‘Withered Arm’ is a look at the Southern branch lines, west of Salisbury and west of Exeter.

Only a few who would not lament the passing of the numerous branch, main and cross country lines from the area. The closures were especially hurtful for those in Devon and Cornwall, where once truly expansive Southern network now only comprises of three short branche stubs.

Author Alan Butcher comes with an intimate knowledge of several of the lines featured.

With the closure of the routes, many types of steam engines disappeared as well. The book showcases examples of the Adams Radial, E1R classes and Bulleid Pacifics.

Featuring material from several archives, including that of R C Riley, Peter Gray and Roy Vincent, this is a collection to truly savour.