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‘Where are the green silk blinds of the once luxurious Metropolitan Line?’ Lovely review of The Trains Now Departed in the Spectator: ‘Dreamlike…vivid…highly readable’

July 9, 2015 Blog

TTND in Spectator

A lovely review of The Trains Now Departed by Andrew Martin, famous for his Jim Stringer detective novels. He writes: “In The Trains Now Departed Williams celebrates ‘the best of what is gone from our railways’ in 16 vivid, highly readable chapters. One concerns Verney Junction, formerly the furthest outpost of the Metropolitan Railway. Nominally part of London Underground, Verney was located — as Williams puts it — ‘in a field’ in rural Bucks. In Edwardian days, the Met used to send luxury Pullman carriages with green silk blinds and ormolu baggage racks between Verney and the City, and Williams imagines himself leaving Farringdon after a day’s work, and being asked by a white-jacketed attendant, ‘Touch more angostura in your gin, sir?”


July 9, 2015 Blog

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