A richly observed and researched personal history of the bygone age of Britain's railways.
Michael Williams is the best-selling author of On the Slow Train, On the Slow Train Again and Steaming to Victory. He is a journalist, academic and author - writing, blogging and broadcasting on railways and other subjects for many media outlets, including the Independent, the BBC, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and the New Statesman, as well as the specialist railway press. He is also a travel writer, having covered the world for a variety of publications. He lives with his family in Camden Town, not far from St Pancras - Britain's most splendid railway station.
"This is a wistful and sepulchral affair yet ... The Trains Now
Departed is more than just a lamentation for the days of steam and
soot." * Times Literary Supplement *
"In elegant prose Michael Williams takes us on nostalgic journeys, reminding us - with smuts and smells - of what we have lost." -- Michael Portillo
"Revel in what we've lost and wonder how on earth we ever had it. It's a perfect book for a leisurely, long rail journey. If the scenery leaves you uninspired, then read a chapter, refresh your mind, and gaze once more from your window." -- Philip Haigh * Rail Magazine *
"A nostalgic thrill for anyone with the least longing for the lost age of steam." * Press Association *
"Williams is to railway writing what his namesake Portillo is to railway television" * Rail Magazine *