Although the railways werent the first type of mass holiday transport that prize goes to the steamships that preceded them they helped develop many of Britains favourite seaside resorts. Holiday Trainsfollows this development, paying visits to Blackpool, Margate, Southport and Weston-super-Mare, and also looking at the other sorts of holiday that the railways made possible. Railways didnt just take holidaymakers to the coast. Rambling and cycling grew in popularity between 1870 and 1914, with many companies providing services and facilities for both. They also contributed to the camping craze by providing special camping coaches on sidings or in rural station yards. After the First World War the cost of motoring came down and the use of motor coaches grew, so railways share of the market fell, but it was really the rise of cheaper air fares in the 1960s that started the steady decline in holiday rail travel. However, some holiday trains can still be caught today. This book is part of the Britains Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britains past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with holiday trains in all their variety.