Western to the Coast

Western to the Coast


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by Jeffery Grayer

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The Western Region served a large number of holiday resorts ranging from Weymouth in Dorset through Devon and Cornwall, encompassing the aptly named English Riviera, and on into Somerset and across the Severn to South Wales, West and Mid Wales and stretching as far as Pwllheli in North Wales. Many of these towns had the luxury of having named expresses such as the Cornish Riviera, Royal Duchy, Torbay Express, Pembroke Coast Express and Cambrian Coast Express convey passengers to their destination with speed and in comfort. Reviewing the collections of a number of different photographers including Dick Riley, Leslie Freeman, A.E.Bennett, Neville Stead and Roy Vincent, held by the Transport Treasury, author Jeffery Grayer has selected over 50 resorts, showcased here in 160 images, dating from the 1930s through to the 1970s when services were still packed with holidaymakers especially in the peak months of July and August. So, don your rose – coloured spectacles and turn the clock back more than half a century to those halcyon days of summer when the sun always seemed to shine, trains were more often than not hauled by steam and a week’s holiday by the sea was in prospect.


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Weight 540 g
Dimensions 27.3 × 21.5 cm









273 x 215 mm



1 review for Western to the Coast

  1. 4 out of 5


    A very worthwhile volume to have on the bookshelf. The missing 5th Star is solely down to the gaffe on page 2 in the description of the photo on the rear cover. I’m certain I’m not the first to point out this is not a Saint as suggested, but Hall 4906 Bradfield Hall. Gremlins happen, so that alone is not the main reason for the loss of star. My disappointment centers on the quality of the reproduction of that rear cover photo. I first saw this image on page 27 of Great Western Album by R C Riley published back in 1966 where the photographer is shown as Dr Ian C. Allan. In that earlier rendition the print exposure lights up the cliff side of the train so the Hall cab and coach sides are more clearly seen. It’s one of my favourite photos. A disappointment, especially as in contrast the front cover of “Coast” really leaps out of the page at you. This is not a complaint, but hopefully useful feedback to the wonderful job you are doing.

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