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 published in May 2018, looking at the Rhyl to Corwen line and Bangor to Afon Wen. These books are written by authors Paul Lawton and David Southern, with Tom Ferris taking the role of series editor. Following these, books covering the Conwy Valley Line and the Heads of the Valleys published in October 2018, introducing author Geoffrey Lloyd to the series.
The first three titles in the Lost Lines of England series, written by authors Roger Norfolk and Paul Lawton, published in June 2019, covering the Birmingham to Oxford line, Ryde to Cowes line and the Cheddar Valley line.