David Mather has written a delightful easy reading volume recounting the story of the rise of Britain's Standard Gauge Heritage Railway scene from its early beginnings in the 1960s through to the present day. In the first section of the book David tells the story from his own personal perspective drawing on recollections of the lines he visited and the many trips he took over the years in pursuit of steam. He records the use of heritage steam locomotives on the main line and at events. In the second section David illustrates the growth of the movement through a selection of preserved lines 'biographies'. In a book of this size it is of course not possible to include every line in the country in this section, however David has made a broad selection to illustrate the growth nationwide of the railway preservation movement. The book is copiously illustrated with both colour and black and white images.