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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 (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,961 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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lovely book. It will win no literary award, but it is one person's recollection of train spotting after all, and describes a time in our lives that many of us will fondly remember. Each chapter reminded me of so much I had forgotten. The hours spent on platforms with like-minded chums, visits to engine sheds. I admire the author for his meticulous record keeping. Mine was little more than Ian Allen books with spotts underlined. Sadly even that did not survive the years spent at university. When my student days were over I returned home to find all of my boy scout and train spotting ephemera thrown away by my parents. Hence my enjoyment in also reading the train spotter diaries by the same author. These diaries also become the diaries of so many of us whose records did not survive.

It was sad reading the last chapters describing the destruction of the old engine sheds. But perhaps the author was lucky to live in a location where those beautiful old railway stations survived. I didn't, and all of those beautiful buildings I knew have gone. After retirement I spent 4 years as a consultant in Italy, and rejoiced in the survival of their old stations, painted yellow or pink, looking as beautiful as the day they were built.

I notice that Craven Arms station in South Shropshire was on the authors list of visits, and I offer him these words from "A Shropshire lad":

Into my heart an air that kills from yon far country blows
What are those blue rembered hills, what spires, what farms are those
That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain
The happy highways where I went, and cannot come again
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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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