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New book A Ticket to Ryde by Philip Ion, a must read!

A Ticket to Ryde and Other Stories is a collection of four short tales set at various periods looking at different aspects of railways.
In A Ticket to Ryde – and Beyond, the Chairman of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway devises an ambitious plan to build a tunnel between the island and the English mainland, achieving a link with the rest of the network. The volunteers draw inspiration from the success of the Bluebell Railway’s re-establishment of a mainline connection, but their own project will prove much more troublesome.

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