... this is a book with a difference. The author’s aim is to bridge the gap between
those books that contain mainly photographs, and those that are a substantive history.
Happily the author has achieved this goal, and the first book .... is very different
to anything that has gone before.
..... This is most certainly not a collection of pictures that have been loosely
thrown together ... and which have been reproduced to high standard. The text is
bright, lively and accessible.
If you only intend to buy one volume of books about the Island, while this isn’t
the definitive work-it doesn’t aim to be-then this is an ideal choice, covering the
middle ground in a bright, modern and intelligent
Way. For this it earns a rare Steam World ‘Recommended’.
‘Steam World’ Issue 272
‘We have seen many books on the Isle of Wight before, but this one is stunning in
its presentation. .... the use of colouring old Ordnance Survey maps and station
plans to highlight relevant features is greatly commended.
..... it will suffice for most general readers and those enthusiasts wanting an overview
without plumbing the finer points.’ Review
from ‘Heritage Railway Magazine’ No. 131
‘...the overall feel that this is an essential historical guide to the railways of
the Island. As someone who has enjoyed its delights year after year, this book is
destined to take pride of place on my bookshelf . And I wouldn’t
be at all surprised it it doesn’t appear on many others’ too ....
Recommended. 4.5/5’ Review
from ‘Steam Railway’ No. 370
Feedback about the book (These are genuine comments which can be verified).
‘Easily the best book I have seen on the Isle of Wight Railways’
‘delighted with my purchase and will be reserving a copy of Volume 2’
‘I felt I must write to congratulate you on an absolutely brilliant book and to let
you know how much I have enjoyed it. The photographs are quite exceptional, especially
the colour ones and the maps and diagrams very detailed and clear. Roll on Volume