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Cross­word. For this is­sue, we are giv­ing away three copies of Rail­way Day Trips, cour­tesy of HarperCollins ( www.harpercollins.co.uk).

“For as long as I can re­mem­ber, I’ve en­joyed tak­ing rail­way day trips. As a young child I went nearly ev­ery­where by train and the smells, sounds and sights are still vivid in my mind,” writes au­thor Ju­lian Hol­land in his in­tro­duc­tion.

With pas­sen­ger num­bers at their high­est since the 1920s, and as Bri­tain’s “love af­fair with the car and lorry seems to be on the wane”, he has aimed this book not just at die-hard rail­way en­thu­si­asts, “but at a much wider au­di­ence who are now dis­cov­er­ing the joy of leav­ing the car at home, sit­ting back, re­lax­ing and watch­ing Bri­tain’s ever-chang­ing land­scape un­fold in­stead of hurtling to obliv­ion, stressed out along our multi-lane high­ways”.

Rail­way Day Trips (pa­per­back, 208 pages, re­tail price £14.99) fo­cuses on 160 clas­sic train jour­neys around Bri­tain.

The book is sep­a­rated into ge­o­graph­i­cal sec­tions, in­clud­ing one on day trips from Lon­don. Well-pop­u­lated com­muter routes such as Liver­pool Street to Cam­bridge, King’s Cross to Peterborough and Padding­ton to Ox­ford there­fore sit side-by-side with shorter and less-trav­elled lines such as Tun­bridge Wells to Hever, Nor­wich to Dere­ham, and Pre­ston to Colne.

Some of the coun­try’s most pic­turesque lines - the likes of Skip­ton to Carlisle, Ed­in­burgh to Ber­wick-upon-Tweed, Fort Wil­liam to Mal­laig and Pen­zance to St Ives - nat­u­rally fea­ture, but all the routes cov­ered share points of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance and in­ter­est.

Each in­di­vid­ual jour­ney in­cludes a lo­ca­tion map and route di­a­gram, a de­scrip­tion of the route, in­for­ma­tion on what you will pass along the way and high­lights of what you will find at each des­ti­na­tion, and prac­ti­cal tips on how to make the most of your jour­ney.

Send your com­pleted cross­word and con­tact de­tails to: R861 Cross­word Com­pe­ti­tion, RAIL Mag­a­zine, Me­dia House, Lynch­wood, Peterborough Busi­ness Park, Peterborough PE2 6EA.

The first three cor­rect answers

out of the hat will win the prize. Good luck!Clos­ing date for en­tries is Septem­ber 28 2018.

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