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Author Topic: Branch Lines to Alton, By Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith Review  (Read 692 times)

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Branch Lines to Alton, By Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith

Book Review: With most of the interest on the Watercress line, it is easy to overlook that Alton had two other branch lines.

Vic Mitchell's books have a common format starting with the geographical setting, historical background and a description of the train services before discussing each line and the stations on it (with many early pictures and maps). There are plenty of timetables, maps, images of tickets, railway company notices etc.

The first line covered is Basingstoke to Alton with pictures dating from 1898. Basingstoke, Cliddesden (used as a station in 'Oh Mr Porter'), Herriard (site of a staged accident for a film called 'The Wrecker'), Bentworth and Lasham and Alton Park are the stations featured.

Fareham towards Alton is the next line featured. There is a description of the changing nature of the junction north of Fareham before sections on Knowle, Wickham, Mislingford, Droxford, West Meon, Privett, Tisted and Farringdon.

Winchester to Alton is the penultimate section with descriptions of the stations and lines at.Winchester, Itchen Abbas, Alresford, Ropley, Medstead and Four Marks and finally there is a section on Alton Station itself.

The trains in the book are mostly steam, but there are pictures of a 50 seater Sadler Rail Coach and a Steam Rail Car as well as a few diesel shunters and DMUs.

The line from Alton to London is not covered in this book.

ISBN: 0 906520118

Score: 5
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