Trams and Trains

Recently I have completed a further two proofreading projects for Pen and Sword Books, both of which were on transport subjects. The first of these was a picture book about the famous ‘Feltham’ trams, originally built for service in London between the two world wars. When the first examples appeared in the late 1920s, they were most modern-looking machines, compared with other types of tram. Unfortunately, official policy was already looking to replace the tram network with one of trolleybuses. The last Felthams were taken out of service in 1951, but then a large part of the fleet was transferred to Leeds, serving on that city’s extensive tram network until 1959.

The second project was a history of the heritage Vale of Rheidol Railway in North Wales. Opening in 1902, unlike many of the Welsh narrow-gauge lines, it was built for tourist purposes, although a little freight was carried. The book told the story of the 12-mile route, which was originally an independent line, and has now returned to a similar status, in between forming part of the Cambrian Railways, Great Western Railway and British Rail. A well-illustrated and well-written book, and one that should appeal to a wide readership.


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