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School Days and Steam Days: The Trainspotting Adventures of Paul Carr (Railway Heritage) Hardcover – 24 May 2012


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Link Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857943953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857943955
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Train spotting in the post-war steam era of the '50s and 60's was for many nothing less than an addiction, and it is in this very special, happy window of history that my good friend and lifetime steam enthusiast Barry Allen has pitched 'The Train Spotting Adventures of Paul Carr'. Although the stories are by definition fiction, they're closely based on Barry's own recollections and experiences with spotting pals during his 'growing up' years in the Merseyside area, and have a tangible sense of reality about them.They might be The Train Spotting Adventures of Paul Carr, but they're an echo of the train-spotting adventures of David Wilcock, and, I don't doubt, yours, and everyone who you know as well. David Wilcock (founding editor, Steam railway and Steam World magazines)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AB on 9 Jan. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Being an ex trainspotter of the late 50s and early 60s this book brought back so many very happy memories of that period. I and my mates were so similar to the lads described in the book that it could have been written about us. We spent hours and hours at the trackside and at stations, armed with our spotting books, sandwiches and bottles of pop, we bunked round sheds and got sent out more times than I can remember. Preston and district was our haunt but like the lads in the book we'd often be up well before dawn on Saturdays and school holidays for day excursions to Manchester, Crewe, Liverpool, York, Leeds, Doncaster and the rest - they were wonderful days. Trainspotting is now sadly held in contempt, but I can honestly say that some of the happiest days of my life were spent trainspotting. Only a fellow trainspotter can fully appreciate the exhilaration and delight that was available so easily and cheaply just by being close to steam engines. Thank you so much Barry, you brought back to life my trainspotting memories, and made them seem as though they happened only yesterday.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Plotter on 10 Oct. 2012
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I've yet to read this book cover to cover, but having flicked through it certainly takes me back to school holidays and covers areas that I am familiar with. That apart I am sure it will appeal to the 'closet' trainspotter, you know the one without the anorak but who still has steam in his veins and would wear the aroma of spent coal and steam as after shave!
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Loved it, but then I'm another of those much maligned trainspotters from those same halcyon days in the 1950s, when I too spent many hours with my mates, as a young ten-year-old, sitting on a footbridge, & sneaking into loco sheds & goods yards. The book probably wouldn't be of much interest to anyone who hadn't experienced the steam railway scene during those far off days, but I did, & so for me 'School Days & Steam Days' was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Topsoil on 3 April 2013
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I was that Train Spotter and still would be if Steam had remained king.
Simply took me back.................
Great book.
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By J. B. howden on 30 April 2014
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love the book brings back happy memories of those of steam hauled passenger and freight trains those were great innocent times now gone
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