Re-issued by The History Press in January 2010
Re-published by Sutton Publishing in 1971 and 1992
Published by Pan in paperback in 1962
Further editions by David & Charles, Phoenix House in 1961
First published by Constable in 1953
Rolt was one of a small group of amateur railwaymen who made their dream of running their own railway come true and his graphic and often amusing account of this unique achievement is a record of individual enterprise and creative effort, as refreshing as it is rare.
"Railway Adventure is a very full and fair account of the first two years of the world's first successful take-over and restoration of a moribund railway by enthusiasts and volunteers. The main object of the book at the time was, of course, to help publicise and assist the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Societyís cause. In this it succeeded ...
... Tom's cause was, as it turned out ... to reverse the fashion to centralise and nationalise; to restore the tradition of self-supporting local concerns in which people could take legitimate pride and achievement. To get away from conformity and dependence. In fact to work towards some of the ideals that were later grouped under the banner 'small is beautiful', but more than that: to enlarge the duty, and joy, of living. The world has begun to change, and it is moving now in Tomís direction."
John Snell, in his foreword to the 1992 edition
"Tom had a wonderful gift for seizing upon the essential elements of the story and immortalising them in perfectly chosen words."
Owen Prosser The Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society.
"Today there are upwards of one hundred preserved railways and steam centres across the country, and in some small way all of them owe a debt to LTC Rolt and his accomplices, whose indomitable pioneering spirit and willingness to accept the call of adventure left an extraordinary legacy for future generations."
HRH Prince Charles in a forward to a programme celebrating Fifty Years Of The Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society.