Bestselling railway author Julian Holland spent his formative years in the late 1950s and 1960s, notebook and camera in hand, trainspotting on draughty station platforms and in grimy engine sheds, travelling the highways and byways of the British Railways network in search of that elusive locomotive number or to travel on a soon-to-be-closed line.
The repercussions of the 1963 ‘Beeching Report’ and the end of steam on British Railways in 1968 failed to dampen his passion for railways. In 1965 he worked as a volunteer on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales, helping in relaying track at Campbells Platform. Trained as a graphic designer at the infamous Hornsey College of Art in the late ‘60s, Julian went on to a successful career creating books for many leading UK publishing companies.
His passion for railways has led him in recent years to write several bestselling books on the subject including The Lost Joy of Railways, Dr Beeching’s Axe: 50 Years On, the award-winning The Times Mapping the Railways (with David Spaven) and The Times Exploring Britain’s Lost Railways. His latest book, Railway Day Trips, is published on 14 March 2014.