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All in a Day's Work: Life on the GWR [Paperback]

Tim Bryan
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31 Oct 2007
Whilst countless generations of small boys may have dreamed of becoming engine drivers, and the top-link driver on the great named expresses of the age of steam may have been the pinnacle of the railways, in terms of popular perception, these individuals could only have got there with the assistance of myriad other trades and after years of progressing through the more junior grades of footplate staff. From the humble junior porter through to the chairman of the board, the railways employed a vast array of different trades, all of whom were essential in keeping the trains running. Some of these jobs, such as that of the track gangs, are still an important part of the maintenance of the modern railway, but many others, such as blacksmiths, have now disappeared.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing; Reprint edition (31 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711033005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711033009
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 20.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Gold 5 Feb 2008
This book is a masterpiece and must be the result of years of research. It gives a real insight into what it was like to work on the GWR, as well as detailing the huge range of jobs, from drivers to divers. My Grandad worked as a driver and retired just as the GWR was nationalised. This is the first book that shows me what his career on the Great Western must have been like. A fascinating book with lots of interesting B&W photographs and anecdotes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A way of life 26 May 2009
Meticulously researched, lovingly written, and nicely presented; this look at what it must have been like to work on the Great Western Railway is both fascinating and comprehensive. I bought this for my father in law; a huge train buff; and he's spent hours poring over the many photos and anecdotes contained within. A rare but highly prized book; ideal for railway aficionados and trainspotters.
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