Sometime after January 1916, the month in which the Gallipoli campaign came to its pathetic end, somebody dropped a Great Western Railways (GWR) service timetable through the floorboards of a house in Milman Road. It was discovered nearly a century later, much chewed by molluscs and discoloured by time.
Reading has its very own crumbling monument to Edwardian civilisation lurking behind a BP garage on Rose Kiln Lane. The Coley branch line was built in 1908 and decommissioned in 1983. It ran a short distance from the Basingstoke railway line, just south of Reading West station, to the wharves along the Kennet at Fobney Street.