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Firing the Flying Scotsman and Other Great Locomotives: Life on the Footplate in the Last Years of Steam [Kindle Edition]

Ken Issitt , Chris Bates
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fast train fireman Ken Issitt worked on the footplate from the late 1940s to 1960, experiencing firing some of the greatest locomotives from the Flying Scotsman to Coltimore and Blink Bonney. The work was hard and conditions were tough but little did he know at the time that he was experiencing the last years of steam. He would never have imagined the romantic associations the period evokes today. Through a number of short accounts the past comes vividly to life, via stories about train crashes, pea-soup fogs, and fires going out. From the beginning of a shift, donning overalls and making up a packing, and from shunting in the marshalling yard to flying along with an express train at 80mph... Ken Issitt describes what life on the footplate was like across the last years of steam, his tales beautifully brought to life by Chris Bates's illustrations.

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About the Author

Ken Issitt started working for the LNER in 1947 at the age of just sixteen, employed as an engine cleaner. Twelve years later when he left to work as an engineer he was firing fast trains, including the Flying Scotsman. Now retired, he and his friend (and illustrator) Chris Bates regularly give talks about their experiences on the footplate under the guise of 'Chris and Ken the Railwaymen'. He has compiled his memories after an invitation from York Railway Museum.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9253 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #219,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life on the Track 14 Nov. 2012
By Toots50
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I bought this as a Christmas present for my dad. He enjoys reading books about different jobs in the railway being an ex railwayman himself. The book contains really lovely illustrations and I'm sure he will be very pleased to receive it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Steaming along 19 Jan. 2013
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In a reply to someone else's review fish have gotten in to tenders before especially when the water tower is fed directly from the river as to locomotives being driven from the right all locomotives designs were different some were driven from the right other's from the left for example all of the GWR engines were right hand driven were as some of the LNER were right hand driven such as the o1s hope this helps to the other person's enquiry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely rings true 2 Feb. 2013
A Great book absolutely true to life. I'm an ex gc fireman of the same era.a really great read. Brings back memories of the extra curricular activities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Charming Book 5 Mar. 2013
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I started to read this on March 2nd. I finished it on March 2nd! Not like me but this was a really charming book. My dad did the same job as the author and it brought back a lot of memories. No photos, all custom drawings, brilliant. Mush more evocotive. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Britain's railways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full Steam Ahead! 3 Feb. 2013
What a brilliant insight into a bygone age of steam travel! It would have been fantastic to see a steam powered engine roll along our beautiful British valleys and this book transports me back to a time I wasn't lucky enough to experience. It is not only historical, but also amusing and superbly illustrated. Smashing!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Anecdotes 25 July 2014
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There are much better railway memories around. That said, it's got some interesting stories. I found it a bit 'scrappy'; too lightweight. Lots of short anecdotes, rather than painting a detailed story of the life and times of the age of steam.
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