The first thing I thought when seeing Great British Railway Journeys was “someone should publish copies of the guide he is using…”
Well, someone has been doing that since the first Bradshaw’s guide was rare (the only complete copy). It seemed it would have made more sense to use the copy than walk around with a rare book, but that’s me. Not to mention people at home wanted to follow along.
That is probably why my first post on the topic got so much attention: down to Michael giving the link to it!
Anyway, these guides are available in facsimile editions. Quite nice ones I have to say. Part of me wants to do a tribute “with my Bradshaw’s guide” video.
Go for the “official guides” which look EXACTLY like the ones Michael uses since the reprint editions tend to be other versions (and not well defined as to WHICH version it is since there are lots of different versions of these guides). Amazon carries them, which is good if you are in the States or otherwise outside the UK. You might have to copy the title to your local Amazon site to find it, but they can be purchased for a reasonable price outside the UK.
NOTE: The guide used in the Great American Railway Journey’s is Appleton’s Railway Guide to the USA and Canada (link is to reprint edition: ISBN 978-1471159947). Watch out for the other reprint editions since they are NOT the same. Also, the quality of those isn’t that good.
It seems that the original guide was one of Amazon UK’s top sellers! So, it WAS a good idea to reprint it in facsimile!
I should also give a plug to Robert Humm & Co, which is the specialist book store that sold Michael the original Bradshaw’s used in the series. They are an independent bookseller specialising in railways, other transport and industrial history. They bill themselves as “Britain’s largest railway bookshop”.