Two more new books from Poppyland released this week: a history of East Anglian railways and images of Lowestoft in the 1880s.

Right Away: The Railways of East Anglia

by Douglas Bourn

Right Away The Railways of East Anglia

This is very different from the usual run of railway books.  It is very much a social history of the development of railways, mostly in Norfolk and Suffolk, up to the present day.  The author tells the stories of railway workers and also brings in his personal connections: his father was a train driver based in Suffolk, and his maternal grandfather was a wheeltapper at Melton Constable.

This book is not only for railway enthusiasts, but will be of interest to all of us who puzzle over the strange network of disused and preserved railway lines around our counties and who are interested in how the railways contributed to the development of towns and villages in the area.  For example, I discovered that Melton Constable didn’t even exist until a railway junction arrived there.

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Right Away: The Railways of East Anglia by Douglas Bourn
Paperback 159 pages; Bridge Publishing
ISBN 9781869831332 RRP 9.95

The Photographs of William Rayson Smith Volume II: Lowestoft

By David Butcher

William Rayson Smith Vol 2 Lowestoft

This second volume of photographs from the collection of Jennifer and David Boxall has been compiled and written by local Lowestoft historian David Butcher.   This volume is entirely focused on the town of Lowestoft and has much more text content.  These photographs were mostly taken between 1887 and 1892.

For each selected photograph, David has analysed and described what is going on and provided the historical context to the locations and activities.  As such this book presents a detailed view of Lowestoft at the time in both pictures and words and is an essential addition to any collection of books on the town.

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The Photographs of William Rayson Smith Volume II: Lowestoft by David Butcher
Paperback 98 pages; Poppyland Publishing
ISBN 9781909796782 RRP £9.95