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London's Dock Railways: Isle of Dogs and Tilbury Pt. 1 [Paperback]

Dave Marden
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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Kestrel Railway Books (22 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905505272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905505272
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what it says on the can 4 July 2013
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Exhaustive on motive power but much weaker on general shots and written detail of railway working and dock locations. This may be largely due to available photographic and other archival material; but if this is the case, the title should reflect more accurately the balance of the book's content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London's Docks 23 Oct 2013
By Steve
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Written in Dave Marden's normal style which some may not like. Personally I like the approach he takes.
I have several other of his books and recommend others if they have an interest in these industrial railways that were hidden behind brick wall for most of the time.
Can't wait for the next part.
Good book and a good price.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London dock railways : Isle of Dogs and Tilbury. 14 Jan 2013
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having worked in the London docks i found this book most interesting , looking forward to volume two on the Royal docks in East London well done Dave Marden.
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By Comical Engineer TOP 500 REVIEWER
I had expected this book to tell me lots about the dockyard railway systems. Instead, what I got was a bland and superficial overview of the locations along with a few old Ordnance Survey plans.

The main part of the book (probably 85%) is a list of the locomotives that worked on these railways with a few pertinent details (cylinder size, makers details etc). Many of these have pictures, but a fair number of the pictures weren't taken in the dockyard locations making them of dubious overall relevance to the title of the book.

Of the actual dockyard railways and operation there is virtually nothing, certainly nothing that couldn't be found or seen elsewhere in other books similar books, and some of these other books are considerably better. The complex systems that operated on these railways and the fascinating and varied loads that came in and out of the dockyards are regrettably completely ignored leaving huge gaps in the coverage.

In summary, if you want to know about London's dockyard railways, look elsewhere. If you are interested in industrial locomotives (especially the ones that worked on the dockyards) then this book will be of interest. The title of this book is almost a breach of the trades descriptions act and a better title would have been "Locomotives London's Dock Railways".

Regrettably this seems to be Mr Marden's style as it is broadly similar to other similar books on similar locations. I'm sure that most people were interested in the locomotives but equally I'm sure that there must be many more interesting dock railway locations on this system that are not covered in this book.

An opportunity lost. Two stars only because I liked the locomotives. Otherwise one star only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 26 Aug 2013
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A really well researched history with heaps of general interest.There is something about the combination of docks and railways that is iresistable.
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