Tom Ferris

Tom Ferris is a publisher, historian and author. He has written 16 books and 30 video scripts to date, all relating to his keen passion for railway heritage. He is the Assistant Station Master at Bridgnorth, on the Severn Valley branch of GWR.

Tom’s first four books with Graffeg, the Lost Lines series published in April 2016, explore four railway lines in Wales, all built during the golden age of steam.

Each book takes the reader on a nostalgic journey along the line, tracking the route from end-to-end and reveals the story of the line along the way; from its promotion and construction through to its heyday and eventual demise. The one exception to this is the Cambrian Coast Line which, as the author relates, narrowly escaped the closures of the 1963 Beeching Report and is still very much with us today, fulfilling the vital transport function for which it was built in the Victorian age.

October 2017 saw the release of the next four books in the Lost Lines series, including the Chester to Holyhead line, Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth, the Vale of Neath and the Mid Wales line.

The next two books in the series publish in May 2018, looking at the Rhyl to Corwen line and Bangor to Afon Wen. These books are written by authors Paul Lawton and D. W. Southern, with Tom Ferris taking the role of series editor.

Lost Lines of Wales

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Rhyl to Corwen

Take a nostalgic steam-powered journey back in time on the long-closed service between Corwen and Rhyl. A historic line dating back to 1856, passenger services were depleted and finally withdrawn during the 1950s.
ISBN 9781912213108, £8.99

Publication 4 May 2018. Pre-order now.

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Bangor to Afon Wen

Take a nostalgic steam-powered journey back in time on the long-closed service between Bangor and Afon Wen, cut as part of the Beeching Axe in 1964.
ISBN 9781912213115, £8.99

Publication 4 May 2018. Pre-order now.

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Chester to Holyhead

Take a nostalgic steam-powered journey back in time on the route between Chester and Holyhead. Includes an essay on the history of the line and photographs of its locomotives, trains and stations.
Published October 2017
ISBN 9781912050697, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

The Mid Wales Line

Take a nostalgic steam-powered journey back in time on the long-closed line between the north and west of Brecon. Includes an essay on the history of the line and photographs of its locomotives, trains and stations.
Published October 2017
ISBN 9781912050673, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth

Take a nostalgic steam-powered journey back in time on the line between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth. Includes an essay on the history of the line and photographs of its locomotives, trains and stations.
Published October 2017
ISBN 9781912050680, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Vale of Neath

Take a nostalgic steam-powered journey back in time on the long-closed line of the Vale of Neath. Includes an essay on the history of the line and photographs of its locomotives, trains and stations.
Published October 2017
ISBN 9781912050666, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Aberystwyth to Carmarthen

The long closed line between Aberystwyth and Carmarthen faced trouble from the outset, but persevered. Follow its journey through financial difficulties to its eventual termination under the Beeching cuts.
Published April 2016
ISBN 9781909823198, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Brecon to Newport

Starting off in what later became the Brecon Beacons National Park, crossing the picturesque River Usk and passing through the south Wales valleys before reaching Newport, few lines offered greater scenic contrasts in the space of a few miles.
Published April 2016
ISBN 9781909823181, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Cambrian Coast Line

At a time when steam was king, the Cambrian Coast Express linked Pwllheli to Paddington, allowing holiday makers and locals to travel along one of the most beautiful and evocative coastal routes in Britain.
Published April 2016
ISBN 9781909823204, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Ruabon to Barmouth

Journey back in time on a long-closed line between Ruabon and Barmouth. Starting off in the industrial north east, weave a path through the Vale of Llangollen, Dee Valley and mid-Wales countryside, before reaching the shores of Cardigan Bay at Barmouth Junction.
Published April 2016
ISBN 9781909823174, £8.99

Peter Waller

Peter Waller is the author of numerous works on British transport history, including several regional studies of its tramways.

In June 2018 Graffeg are publishing the first four Lost Tramways of Wales books, written by Peter. This new strand in the popular Lost Lines of Wales series documents a second area of Wales’ transport heritage.

Lost Tramways of Wales

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Cardiff

This rigorously researched account, photo-illustrated throughout, details the history of Cardiff’s tramway and the city at the time when these services were in regular use, guiding you through its story station by station.
ISBN 9781912213122, £8.99

Publication 4 June 2018. Pre-order now.

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

North Wales

This rigorously researched account, photo-illustrated throughout, details the history of the area’s tramway and the character of these popular seaside resorts at the time when trams were in regular use, guiding you through its story station by station.
ISBN 9781912213139, £8.99

Publication 4 June 2018. Pre-order now.

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Swansea and Mumbles

Rigorously researched and photo-illustrated throughout, the book details the history of Swansea’s tramway and the city at the time when these services were in regular use, guiding you through its story station by station.
ISBN 9781912213153, £8.99

Publication 4 June 2018. Pre-order now.

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

South Wales and Valleys

Rigorously researched and photo-illustrated, the book guides the reader through the story of tram services in south Wales station by station, tapping into aspects of life in Wales which have now vanished, and highlights the rich heritage which remains.
ISBN 9781912213146, £8.99

Publication 4 June 2018. Pre-order now.

News

Article in the Shropshire Star, 20 January 2018

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Article in The Railway Observer magazine, January 2018

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Retracing the Lost Lines of Wales: an interview with Tom Ferris

We caught up with author Tom Ferris to ask a little about the origins of the Lost Lines of Wales books and the continued value of Wales’s railways heritage today.

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The 80 mile long line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth is not lost in the same sense as some of the railways covered in this series. This book takes a nostaligic look back to when the line had its own named train, the Cambrian Coast Express.

The Mid Wales Line ran for 60 miles, from Moat Lane Junction near Caersws to Brecon, passing through the old counties of Mongomery, Radnorshire and Brecknock.

Though the railway from Chester to Holyhead is still busy today serving those living along the coast of north Wales and travellers to Ireland as it has done since the 1840s, this is a nostalgic journey back in time to when the line was in its steam age heyday.

The Vale of Neath Line connected Pontypool Road to Neath and Swansea and included a branch to Merthyr. It was built primarily to transport the abundant supplies of coal in the districts it served.

These 4 books were published on 6 October 2017 at £8.99 each.

Buy the first 4 books in the series together for just £28!

You can now buy the first four books in the series together for the discounted price of just £28.

The bundles includes:

Cambrian Coast Line (RRP: £8.99)
Ruabon to Barmouth (RRP: £8.99)
Aberystwyth to Carmarthen (RRP: £8.99)
Brecon to Newport (RRP: £8.99)

Reviews

‘These four handy-sized pocket money-priced volumes contain a potted history of each route in wales, mainly illustrated with black and white pictures from the steam era. […] Of particular interest to readers will be Ruabon and Barmouth, a superb classic cross-country route which now accomodates two heritage lines on its most scenic portions, the Llangollen Railway and the Bala Lake Railway. […] They are each short and simple biographical introductions of each route accompanied by basic maps to highlight station locations.’ Heritage Railway

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