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A Quite Impossible Proposal - click here to find out why


If anything exciting happens, I will be sure to let you know below.
(I exclude from this, though, anything like the re-election of Trump, the sizzling of the oceans, and most matters associated with the present Covid-19 rollercoaster. Life is too short.)


A Railway to Aultbea, via Gairloch? Also impossible! (10 November 2020)

The award-winning Gairloch Museum suggested to me, many months ago, that I should give a talk on the abridged history of the railway-line from Achnasheen to Aultbea. And, at last, some troubled months later, here we are. Visit the Gairloch Museum YouTube channel for the recording of the talk>

Ullapool Book Festival (29 October 2020)

The Ullapool Book Festival kindly offered me the chance of delivering one of those virtual talks. I thought about it long and hard, and then decided to embrace the 21st Century in all its virtuality. It was a tough decision, though. However, the results are to be made available to the waiting nation, as of 8pm on Thursday 29th October. It goes out on Youtube here - https://youtu.be/A1jDKQbG8jg - and can be viewed in the coming days, at your leisure.

Trending, as they say (or do they?), on YouTube (September 2020)

My publisher persuaded me to do a short promotional video for the Quite Impossible book. My wife Annette directed it, I played with the train and screamed a lot during the multiple takes. To view this oddity,click here.

Tunnel Controversy Divides Scotland? (20 September 2020)

In the pages of that provocative newspaper Scotland on Sunday, there appeared a debate about whether the 'tunnel' constructed within the grounds of Sir John Fowler's Braemore House, was really a mock-up railway tunnel. Or merely a stable. Or possibly both. Bitter debate rages, entirely without any documentary evidence to hand. As a champion of one side of the controversy conceded: 'Who knows?' And as a champion of the other side admitted quietly - and entirely to himself: 'I don't'.
Click here to read all about it...


The Scotsman (26 September 2020)
"Andrew Drummond has pulled off a rare feat – telling a fictional tale and then writing about it again as fact.... A Quite Impossible Proposal is a detailed examination of an overlooked chapter in Scotland’s transport history that is as welcome as the fictional foray that preceded it."
Click here to read the full review...

Ullapool News (25 September 2020)
"Drummond has an uncanny ability to shine a light on local individuals and whole families ... His research is thorough and comprehensive ... sympathetically evoking past generations of the area."

Railscot website (September 2020)
"Most railway histories tend to treat their subject in a vacuum, with little discussion of the economic, political and social forces which spurred – or blocked, as in this case – railway development. Drummond makes no such mistake. ... This is a serious subject, but Drummond has a light touch, with amusing anecdotes, colourful asides and wry commentaries..."
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Far North Express (September 2020)
"This is a book with a very wide appeal. Railway aficionados will find it fascinating, those interested in politics and social and economic history equally so... Andy Drummond tells the story in an easy and friendly style, with plenty of humour"
For more details, consult the journal itself (Issue 81), or click here...

Press and Journal (15 September 2020)
"It’s a classic tale of what might have been, of squandered opportunities, and an abundance of red tape transcending white-heat technology."
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