Tom Rolt was one of the first people in modern Britain to draw attention to the value of our canals as a means of transport and a source of pleasure. Britain’s network of canals, so important in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, had been neglected and almost forgotten in the twentieth and was in danger of total extinction. In 1946, Tom, along with a group of of enthusiasts inspired by his book Narrow Boat, founded the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) to restore and revitalise canals.
As with canals, so with neglected railways. Rolt set up the first organisation to save and run a railway with a mainly volunteer workforce. The Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society was established in 1951 to save the Talyllyn Railway in mid-Wales.
Kemsing Publishing is producing eBooks of several of Rolt’s works, starting with Railway Adventure, the story of the Talyllyn Railway – the world’s first heritage railway.
More about Rolt’s life and works can be found here.