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A Quite Impossible Proposal Reviews

A Quite Impossible Proposal by Andrew Drummond

A Quite Impossible Proposal: How Not to Build a Railway

Andrew Drummond

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Imprint: Origin
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publication date: 24 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781912476886

In the 1890s, the people of north-west Scotland grew tired of Government Commissions sent to consider a railway to Ullapool. Despite rock-solid arguments in favour of such a railway, neither government nor the big railway companies lifted a finger to build one.

4 stars out of 5
25 Sep 2020

"A Quite Impossible Proposal is a detailed examination of an overlooked chapter in Scotland’s transport history"

The book is necessarily a more sober account than its fictional predecessor, voiced by the Ullapool line’s put-upon engineer Alexander Kininmonth, who was entertainingly caught between recalcitrant navvies and equally unsupportive company directors. However, some of the scheme’s extraordinary real-life proposals still provoke wide-eyed wonder, such as a steep “helter skelter” descent from Braemore to Loch Broom on the coast involving a sharply-curved tunnel to contend with the 200ft high Corrieshalloch Gorge.