British Rail’s request stops

Earlier today I finished my latest proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this being a diary of one man’s eighteen-month plan to visit each and every request stop railway station on the domestic railway system. Author Anthony Hart has written a very easy-to-read account of his travels to each of these stations, some 152 in total, from the West Country to Scotland. (A request stop is one where it is not mandatory for a passenger train to stop, and would-be passengers hail a train in the same way as they would hail a bus.) A brief guide to each station is included, together with some statistics, including where each station features in the league of passenger numbers. Well illustrated, this book captures a part of the railway system a world away from high-speed passenger routes, block freight workings and busy commuter traffic. An inspiring journey.


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