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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”.
I have to admit some serious surprise when I caught Michael’s latest series: Great American Railroad Journeys. There has been a lot of action here, which usually indicates a new series from Michael
His latest guide Appleton’s General Guide to United States and Canada is much easier to come by than the First Bradshaw Guide.
The Hathitrust page is:
They have two editions, part 2 of 1889 and 1892. Appleton’s guide was published yearly.
Google Books has a link to another Appleton’s Railroad Guide (https://books.google.com/books?id=EqbhAAAAMAAJ). This is not the guide used in the show, it is Appletons’ Illustrated Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, Containing the Time-tables of the Railways of the United States and the Canadas: A totally different book.
The versions of the Guide on Google books are not the 1879 edition.
You can find copies of the version used by Michael in used book stores. There are also versions available in Print on Demand, but they are different years than the 1879 version used in this series (or don’t say WHICH edition they are). There was an original copy available here for US$200 (approx UK£ 138), but is been sold.
I should note that the 1892 edition is actually the more interesting version since it has a guide to the Colombian Exposition.
This relates to his first week’s journey:
Michael Portillo meets the human brain on his Great British Railway Journeys at the West London Mental Health Trust’s archive of human brains. I have to admit this was amusing to me for just the possibilities–Hamlet’s Soliloquy? Portillo goes Zombie? He was very well behaved.
Let’s turn this into a caption contest–I know that those with a dislike for Tories can come up with some fairly cruel ones. At least he said it was a first for holding a human brain–despite how some people feel about the Thatcher years.
I have to admit that Great British Railway Journeys is a really fantastic series.
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.
And they are Anne-Mary Paterson and my mother. The reason I was unclear about whether Anne-Mary was going to be in Wednesday’s episode of Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys was that I received an e-mail saying
Just a quick email to say that Great British Railway Journeys is on BBC2 all the week at 6.30 pm. My piece is on Wednesday, Dufftown to Aviemore. It starts at Stirling and ends up at John o’ Groats as well as going from Inverness to Plockton on Thursday and calling at Beauly Station.
Yes, she was on last evening’s show talking about her great uncle, Murdoch Patterson. This is a story I have heard many times before, but it is even more fun hearing it on the show.
Then, I receive a phone call from my mother asking if I saw it.
“Yes, mother, I did.”
Of course, my mother is deaf, but not terribly willing to admit it. Soooo, the conversation was rather long as I tried to explain that I had indeed seen the show.
Fun seeing Anne-Mary on the show though!
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.