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Railways in Wartime (Shire Library) [Paperback]

Tim Bryan
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10 July 2011 Shire Library (Book 647)
In both the First and Second World Wars, railways were crucial in the transportation of men, munitions and coal. The heroic story of railways at war was confirmed in the months before and after the 'D' Day landings in 1944 when thousands of trains were run to support the Allied invasion; here, Tim Bryan provides an authoritative and fully illustrated guide to the railway's role in Britain's war efforts.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications (10 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747810508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747810506
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Bryan spent twenty-one years working as curator at the GWR and STEAM museums in Swindon and is now Head of Collections at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon. He is the author of several books including 'The Great Western Railway' for Shire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fourth (Unarmed) Service 10 Aug 2012
Quite a lot has been written about the contribution made by British railway companies to the ultimate Allied victories in both World Wars, but I can't bring to mind any other publication which offers so much for so little - Amazon is charging only £5.24 for the book at the time of writing (August 2012).

Shire Publishing is widely known for its extensive and eclectic collection of slim paperbacks; you'll have seen their point-of-sale displays at museums of all kinds. The characteristic Shire approach is to engage an expert to write the text in accessible language, so that the interested reader can obtain accurate and reliable information about subjects which pique their curiosity but about which they have little or no prior knowledge. As an added bonus, many of the authors have an obvious and infectious enthusiasm for their subject, which adds considerably to the reading experience. In this case, the author - Tim Bryan - was for many years curator of Steam - The Museum of the Great Western Railway and its predecessor, the GWR Museum. He's clearly an expert and an enthusiast, and he delivers an amazing array of fascinating information. He has written several books on transport subjects, including two other Shire books - 'The Great Western Railway' and, most recently, 'Railway Workshops'.

The present book runs to 64 pages, and includes around 75 illustrations; despite the historic subject matter quite a number of these are in colour. About a third of the book is devoted to the contribution made by railway companies and railwaymen during World War I, both at home and behind the lines overseas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steam railways in the II WW 22 Jan 2012
I bought this book for a friend of mine as a Christmas present as he is interested in steam trains & the II WW. He thought the book was excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview 16 Feb 2013
Yet again, Shire publications have produced an excellent abundantly-illustrated paperback book that provides a huge amount of easily-digestible information in just over 60 pages. This particular topic is dealt with in a detailed and sensitive manner. After finishing this book, the reader will have a greater insight into the role played by British railways in both World Wars, and an appreciation of those who lost their lives in its service, or travelled on it into battle, never to return.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Railways in Wartime. 4 Feb 2013
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Excellent little publication, containing a splendidly diverse selection of mainly photographic illustrations, and economically packing an enornous amount of highly digestible information into its sixty-odd pages.
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