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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (17 Aug 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0752453262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752453262
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Harvey has had a lifelong interest in railways. He regularly travels all over the country to present illustrated talks relating to his trainspotting days. This is his fourth book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Hill on 10 Jan 2005
Format: Hardcover
What great memories this book brought although my train spotting days were a started as the authors ended. The Tizer, fruit pies and egg sandwiches were certainly universal for boys of that era and the feel of 1950s and 1960s England is authentic. This is a good read for anyone - it was the media who made the train spotter a joke character - most people in the 1960s were genuinely interested in our exploits and travels.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. M. Hogg on 12 Mar 2010
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I bough this for my GWR steam train mad Dad for Chritsmas. He said it was the best book he has read in years! It bought back so many memories and stories from his youth stood by the tracks at Reading with his notebook. A real must for any other anoraks out there!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Devon Dumpling on 6 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
Book was purchased for a train mad husband and it brought back many memories of his trainspotting days in the 60s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cairns TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Jun 2011
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A book full of nostalgia for a bygone age. The adventures are written in a matter of fact way and that is how most people I remember lived, there was no great deal made of anything and even humorous events, although funny at the time, were treated in the same manner. He travelled quite widely, even getting as far as Wick and Thurso, from his home in Portsmouth although most of the journeys didn't go as far. Great use was made of cheap day excursion tickets and workers tickets now gone but great bargains for regular travellers. The journeys were made during the steam era with diesels creeping in towards the end. The photo's are not bad considering the equipment he had and there's a very good one of Lostock Hall which I remember very well as I lived very close to it and indeed at one time worked opposite.If you want a memory jogger this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. HALLIBURTON on 16 Dec 2010
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I am an ex railwayman still with an avid interest in steam locomotives and I found this book brought back happy memories to be enjoyed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. K. Airton on 9 July 2010
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This book describes what it was like being a trainspotter in the 1950s , and gives examples of the antics trainspotters got up to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By roy evans on 20 Dec 2012
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A great read. It took me back to my trainspotting days on the waterloo to exeter line. Can we not have more?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bradford Tyke on 19 April 2011
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I did my shed bashing in diesel days of the seventies and was looking forward to this. However at risk of being the fly in the soup I found `Forget the Anorak' rather err.. forgettable. Though I can understand that for gentleman of a certain age it wreaks of nostalgia, especially those who haven't been near a steam loco in 50 years.

The writing style is so monotonous and unimaginative, and the tales so repetitive with hardly a simile or metaphor to be found. Each chapter becomes an all too familiar tale of `we went here, saw these and came home'. Even their jolly japes are rendered humdrum by the writing. And you don't need an exclamation mark at the end of every other sentence!!
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