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”.
As you know, Michael Portillo has a “new” edition the Bradshaw’s guide in the latest series of his Great British Railway Journeys. According to John Lee at Conway publishing, the e-book available for Amazon Kindle is the same Bradshaw he is currently using.
I am still looking for a better copy, either as actual edition, download, or facsimile.
Forgive me if I don’t have some hint as to where to get the latest Bradshaw’s Guide used by Michael Portillo in Series 4. First off, I was caught unaware that the new series had started. I thought they were repeats of earlier series until a message came up saying–“How do you like my latest series?”
Anyway, I noticed he is using an 1880s version of the guide and am doing what I can to find another copy. Amazon has something that looks like what Michael is using: “Bradshaw’s Railway Handbook 1866: Complete Edition Volumes I-IV”. It’s only available as a kindle edition in the UK.
Anyway, I am on the trail since I know most of my traffic comes from people wanting copies of this book.
Trust me, I will pass on a source if I can find one since I know we all want copies.
Family friend, Anne-Mary Paterson, author of Pioneers of the Highland Tracks, is going to be on Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys this Wednesday. If she isn’t on in person, she will have contributed in the Dufftown to Aviemore segment.
Michael is back with another Bradshaw’s guide, this time the Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide from 1913. Hathitrust does not have a copy of this, but the people responsible for this show were clever this time!
It seems that Old House has discovered that there is a demand for these guides and they are available for purchase.
Actually, I did search and didn’t find a copy online (there was a similar RAC Title at Hathi). Still, part of the reason I posted the link to the first guide was that it wasn’t available anywhere else at the time. In fact, there were two copies I knew of, the one used by Michael and the one on Hathi. Robert Humm said that the one he sold Michael was the only one of two he had ever seen.
I wonder if an original of the Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide is available?
Series 1 is now £12.39 and Series 2 is £16.67 at Amazon from being in the mid 20 quid range !
Naturally, any hesitation at buying series 2 disappeared with the reduction in price and I ponied up for a copy.
I should add that the BBC now provides for commercial availability of programmes from online suppliers. Eventually, they will offer links to services which officially stream the material.
I have to add this vid for BBC America because it’s just silly.
OK, I do have to admit that I do what I can after all my comments about wanting to support the BBC. Since I get the most traffic from Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys, I want to show that I am trying to give back here.
I hope Mrs. Thatcher would approve!
BTW, since most of the traffic here is due to the links to the download for Bradshaw’s Guide, I want to repeat that this copy is the same as that used by Michael Portillo on the show per Robert Humm, the bookseller who sold Mr. Portillo the original book. Also, this is the difference between the facsimiles per Mr. Humm:
So much for originals. Now for the good news : not one but two reprints of the Portillo set have been produced and both are on offer in our New Books section. You can use the Search Box to find them quickly by entering the reference codes.
Reference : A2855 . Title : Bradshaw’s Guide. Hand Book 1. 2. 3. 4. A complete year set of the four regional parts for 1866. Paperback, with an enlarged page size for easier reading. £24.95
Reference : A2893 . Cover title : Bradshaw’s Hand Book 1. 2. 3. 4. (from title page : Bradshaw’s Descriptive Railway Hand-Book Of Great Britain And Ireland.) A reprint of the actual volume used on the TV programmes. £9.99
Thank you, BBC and Michael Portillo.
Although, I do have to admit that I am thoroughly envious of all the places that Michael goes on his journeys.