It is always good when a book comes into the Steam Railway office which you simply
cannot put down, and this new volume is one of them. ....... A large portion of
the book is devoted to this (Ryde-Ventnor) route .... The same format is then used
to tell the story of the Bembridge Branch. This route has often been the poor relation
to the rest of the IOW system as far as media coverage is concerned, and some of
the photographs included are fascinating.....
It is a complete record of a unique railway network, and is well worth the £19.99
(sic) price tag. 5 stars.
Steam Railway Issue 383
When Volume One appeared, it was highly rated thanks, not only to its content, but
also its presentation. Happily having set high standards, the self-publishing author
has maintained them with this companion, covering the rest of the Island i.e. the
Ventnor and Bembridge lines. Although the same price as Volume One it has 10% more
pages and 40% more photographs. Also covered is the story of the preserved railway,
the Ryde Pier tramway and more recent developments.
The text weaves its way through all this, and is sharply written .... It makes for
a very complete package and , at a good price. Highly Recommended.
Steam World December 2010
The book is splendidly designed and presented ......where colour is available it
has been used and there are some excellent station diagrams and route plans.
This is an excellent handbook for those who want to study the lines or dip into nostalgia
time and time again. Its attractive style and presentation goes some way to setting
new standards among book publishing.