A personal account by renowned railway artist, Eric Leslie. It covers over 40 years of his involvement in narrow gauge – from early days helping lay track and repairing carriages for the Festiniog Railway, to more recent work illustrating the much-loved cards and posters for the Lynton and Barnstaple.
Fuelled by copious amounts of tea, lots of chips and quite a few belly laughs with his characterful cohorts, Eric has enjoyed giving his time and talents to help get trains on rails and bums on seats. These charming stories, featuring 11 of Britain’s finest narrow gauge railways – and one American interloper – are all illustrated with Eric’s evocative watercolours. In fact, the paintings themselves are an amazing achievement given that many were completed after Eric suffered a major stroke when he lost the use of his dominant left hand.
There are more than 35 original colour illustrations featuring the Ashover, Corris, Glyn Valley, Leek & Manifold, Ffestiniog, Talyllyn, Lynton & Barnstaple, Mull, Welsh Highland Porthmadoc, Welshpool & Llanfair and the Denver & Rio Grande together with photographs from Eric’s own collection.