Wonderful Ian is no ordinary Jack | Brief letters

Wonderful Ian is no ordinary Jack | Brief letters
Ian Jack’s pieces | Disappearing dining cars | Tax balance | Albums’ 50th anniversaries | Piano motivation

Ian Jack’s Saturday pieces on street trees (13 May) and railway catering (20 May) are among the most recent in a long series of wonderful journalistic essays with which he has graced your newspaper. Their skilful blend of reliable research, personal reminiscence and, where appropriate, measured social or political criticism has enlightened and delighted us for years. Long may they continue. Meanwhile, is there any chance of a published collection?
Richard Allen

• Roger Pratt (Letters, 25 May) should make the most of the Cardiff-Holyhead dining car while it lasts. An excellent dining service was provided free for first class passengers on the short-lived Wrexham, Shropshire & Marylebone Railway from 2008 to 2011, killed off by its German owners, Deutsche Bahn, largely thanks to the labyrinthine anti-competition rules of our privatised railway system.
Simon Hill

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Source: Guardian Transport

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