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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (10 April 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0711037450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711037458
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 1.4 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cairns TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 April 2014
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Very nostalgic, I particularly liked the pictures taken on shed or at stabling points. A lot of excitement was engendered in the 1970s when a stabling point was to be visited, you never knew what to find! Add to that you seldom saw anyone. This book will appeal to those who were around at the time in particular, but also to anyone wishing to see what the railway scene was like in that era. Photo's from all around the Western and also some from outwith, and all in colour with detailed descriptions, many containing interesting sidelines. Some of the pictures or reproductions are not of the best, but they are in colour and many are new to reproduction. You can only work with what you have. A very good addition to the genre, and publishers please note the days of black and white traction and infrastructure books are over. B&W should have gone the way of the eponymous TV,s
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How often in a school report did the words "could do better" come to haunt you? But this is my conclusion about this book.

Ian Allan have tried to come up with completely new and unpublished material which is a great objective and they have changed the design by incorporating pictures on black page backgrounds which is great. However, probably less than a third of the pictures are of a professional standard, the rest are snaps that people have taken on their Instamatic "cheap and cheerful" cameras. The narrative is good and a "poor" picture often has a story to tell about the loco, location or event.

I still do not like this book format, there is a tendency to cram in more when less, larger, sharper and of good standard would be better (in my opinion). Like a previous book on hydraulics that I reviewed, this would be great as a book of your snaps of the period but it is not up to the quality one would expect from a professional publisher like Ian Allan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rocker on 28 May 2014
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A comprehensive photographic record of these iconic loco's working lives on the National railway with informative captions. This is an evocative book for those of us who have our own memories of those times and deserves a cover to cover read. The week the book arrived, I took D1015 to Plymouth on the Vintage Trains special. During the trip a copy circulated the whole of a carriage and it's well studied contents created much discussion. The standard of reproduction was good overall and I would commend this book to those who follow the diesel hydraulic scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Br Johnson on 21 July 2014
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hydraulics are my hobby so when this came out it was a must buy.
some lovely shots, but to tell the truth there was too many dark pictures in the book that spoilt it,
with all the technology available nowdays you would think they could be enhanced.
but if you are a fans of these locos like me, you will still buy it for your collection !
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By Mick Walsh on 19 July 2014
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Great book if your railway preference is the western region during those great years of the hydraulics. Sharp pictures with a decent description which will probably remind most people of their summer holidays in the usual balmy weather. If only places such as Temple Meads were like this now !
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