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Memories of Steam

Reliving the Golden Age of Britain's Railways

By Tom Quinn

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Other Information: Illustrations, unspecified
Published In: United Kingdom, 25 September 2010
The true flavour of the glory days of steam trains, brought to life in this richly illustrated collection of first-hand accounts from railway passengers and locomotive drivers across Britain. From the glamorous drivers on the great mainline locomotives to everyday commuters and trainspotting schoolboys, the engaging stories give a real glimpse into the lives of those who lived and worked in the steam era. Hundreds of glorious photographs featuring trains, stations, staff and passengers truly transport the reader back to this lovingly remembered age of transport. Special feature spreads interspersed throughout the book focus on some of the most visually striking aspects of the railways during this time, such as extreme weather, recordbreaking trains and the artworks used to decorate the carriages.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. At the Station - architecture, waiting rooms, shops, ticket inspectors...; 2. Travelling by Train - seats, carriages, buffet, views, etiquette...; 3. The Railway Network - tunnels, bridges, glamorous expresses...; 4. The Railway Companies - GWR, LMS, Southern, LNER...; 5. The Railways in Wartime - troop transport, bombing of stations, evacuees...; 6. British Rail - politics, standardisation, Beeching cuts, logos and repaints...; 7. The Railwaymen: on the trains - firemen, guards, drivers...; 8. The Railwaymen: off the trains - career paths, signalmen, welfare clubs...; 9. Holidays by Rail - boat trains to europe, sleepers, island railways...; Chronology; Index.

About the Author

Tom Quinn is author of several books on a variety of subjects including railways, fishing, antique collecting and walking, and has written the top-selling Tales of the Old Railwaymen for D&C. He is former editor of The Countryman, current editor of Country Landowner magazine, and also contributes to The Times.

EAN: 9780715329573
ISBN: 071532957X
Publisher: David & Charles
Dimensions: 27.6 x 21 centimetres (1.00 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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