Rail enthusiast publishes 'Branch Lines of Berkshire' book

Rail enthusiast publishes 'Branch Lines of Berkshire' book

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Rail enthusiast publishes 'Branch Lines of Berkshire' book

A book on the Branch Lines of Berkshire has been published by respected railway enthusiast Colin Maggs.

The book has been lavishly illustrated with old photographs and maps and documents the rise of the branch lines which sprouted from the Great Western Railway, from London to the West.

Its author has written more than 90 railway books and received an MBE from the Queen for his services to railway history.

"Writing is like a drug for me,” said the 79-year-old, from Bath.

"Once I finish a book I want to write another, and another – I’ll only stop if I have a stroke or go blind."

There are chapters on the Twyford to Wargrave, Maidenhead to Cookham and Slough to Windsor branch lines.

The line to Wargrave and Henley was started in 1854-55 and its opening in June 1857 was celebrated with a public breakfast in Henley. For several decades Twyford station has been a key stop off for revellers heading to the Henley Regatta Festival.

Colin, who enjoyed trainspotting in his youth, said writing the book had been 'fascinating' and compared collecting the photographs to finishing a jigsaw.

The Branch Lines of Berkshire costs £16.99 and is available on 01453 847823.

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