Parallel lines

There isn’t much to say about this book. One interesting fact that stands out, and perhaps ironically gives reason to my love of transport history. Railways in the uk, and most of the world, use a track gauge (width between the rails) of 4ft 81/2. This is not some scientifically derived figure giving optimum performance … More Parallel lines

The Industrial Archaeology of the Tamar Valley

Widely regarded as a classic in its field, this pioneering book explores the rich industrial heritage of the Tamar valley, utilising geographical studies, primary sources, media stories, and archeological remains to paint a vivid picture of life in this flourishing corner of the world. Nestling between Devon and Cornwall, the Tamar valley today presents little … More The Industrial Archaeology of the Tamar Valley


Welcome to 2014 – please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times! I was going to write a blog about 2013, and things which happened, but like Dom Anderson, VP Society and Citizenship for NUS said recently – it is better to look towards the future than towards the past! So, … More 2k14

Hunger games

Warning – this post contains spoils. of the “here’s what happens at the end” type. So… Much as I would love to pretend that my book collection is full of serious, historical tomes, I have a small guilty confession to make. Hidden away, between Churchill’s history of the Second World War, L.T.C. Rolt’s groundbreaking works … More Hunger games