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Life on the Old Railways: Personal Memories of the Steam Age & Beyond Hardcover – 28 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (28 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446300668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446300664
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tom Quinn is a writer, editor and a social historian. He is the author of Memories of Steam, as well as books on countryside history, antique collecting, fishing and walking. He is currently the editor of Country Landowner magazine and former editor of The Countryman.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lancaster Lucy on 5 May 2012
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I ordered this for my Dad, who used to be a train driver.He was thrilled with the book and really enjoyed it. I must warn people though, that i thought the book would be large and colourful, but it was really tiny! However i dont think that this will spoil his enjoyment of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grace B. on 18 Jan. 2013
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An excellently balanced collection of stories and anecdotes giving a real flavour of what it was like to work on the railways back in the days when railwaymen (and women - though all the subjects were men) took a real pride in the service they gave the travelling public and others. It was refreshing to read that despite the often harsh conditions (well documented in this collection) and poor material rewards all of those interviewed wouldn't have worked at any other job. My only caveats are (a) the collection was too short and (b) that there was a little too much emphasis on driving and running shed work - but maybe a later volume will explore a further set of jobs. Highly recommended and should be on the 20th century history curriculum in schools.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Diane Hawkeswood on 11 July 2012
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A present for my train mad dad - he rated it
Came promptly and was as described if not better.
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By easy reading on 26 Oct. 2014
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This is a really delightful book.....my hardcover copy has excellent colour drawings which enhance the vivid narrative.
However, be warned......this is a reissue of Tom Quinn's original book, 'Tales of the old Railwaymen' first published in 1998, and frankly, I'm downright annoyed that it has been reissued under a new title. It is extremely misleading since I quite thought, seeing a different cover, that these were further stories gleaned by Tom Quinn. It was only a careful check that I realised the duplication. David and Charles produced both editions, and the new cover is quite attractive.....but why change the original title? Well, that's my gripe!......but if you haven't read these stories before, be assured, you'll enjoy them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 5 Jan. 2013
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It is so refreshing to come across a book that focuses on the working lives of railwaymen. This book really gives a personal insight into the lives of those who lived and worked on Britains railways.
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