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Shadows in the Steam: The Haunted Railways of Britain

Shadows in the Steam: The Haunted Railways of Britain [Kindle Edition]

David Brandon , Alan Brooke
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Ideal bedtime reading. --Steam Railway, Dec 2009<br /><br />The book is well-written and there is plenty to read. --Steam World, Jan 2010

An easy book to read by dipping into it and not just for the diehard railway aficionado. --Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society

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Offers a look at some of the strange and unexplained hauntings across Britain's railway network: signals and messages sent from empty boxes; trains that went into tunnels and never left; ghostly passengers and spectral crew; and, the wires whizzing to signal the arrival of trains on lines that have been closed for years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5854 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (26 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XH8O8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars More padding than a boxer's helmet 6 April 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought with anticipation, half read with boredom. Many stories contain only a small tenuous link with ghosts, others none at all really with only the occasional good one thrown in to keep you hooked. Not what it says on the tin!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oooo scary Boo! 4 Mar 2014
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The book is excellent well written very easy to read couldn't put it down and pictures were just enough good quality
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad 19 Aug 2012
By A Ryder
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I was surprised to see two one-star reviews. Having just read it I concur that not all of the stories are ghost-centric, exactly, and the inclusion of a glossary to explain terms like 'animal ghosts' and 'phantom' is baffling, as surely most readers of this book would be acquainted with the general idiom of the paranormal? The authors also give a lot of background to the locations and information about the trains and the history of the stations, but this I felt was justifiable, since it is less common knowledge and adds more of a setting to the stories.

Were it not for the fact that I'd just read 'Stranger in the Fog' and 'The Phantom Goods Train' - two anthologies of 'true' railway-related supernatural tales published in the 1980s - I'd have found much of interest in this book. As it was, quite a few of the stories were the same as those in the above-mentioned slim paperback volumes, and almost verbatim. Since this was written in 2008, I can only assume that those books provided much of the (uncredited) source material for this one.

It does have useful chapters on related literature and film, for example, and like the other volumes doesn't try to assert the truth or otherwise of the stories, so overall it's a fair and readable book. Those wanting neat explanations or involved narratives are bound to be disappointed in 'real' tales, which are often no more than an inexplicable feeling, brief sighting or a sound, and they may want to try the many anthologies of fiction instead.

Having looked online, I can't find other tales that were obvious omissions and/or of very different character, so between the three books I have to conclude that they provide a pretty comprehensive picture of reported sightings on UK railways.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shadows in the steam 23 Jan 2012
By Brooky
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Don't buy this book absolute rubbish this has to be the worst book that i have ever read.Infact it got that bad that i stopped reading it 3/4s of the way through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 11 Nov 2012
By mika - Published on
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My son is a huge fan of trains and a fan of the paranormal. This combines both and has pictures! We read it together each night. Its very interesting and I recommend anyone who is a fan of both.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of ghost lore 19 Sep 2012
By Christine N. Ethier - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Cool little collection ghost and folklore that occurs either on Railways or nearby. (Brandon relates the story of Drake's marriage, not really a ghost story but very interesting. It has a canon ball in it. Forget shot gun weddings).

Brandon has a section about various railways as well as seperate section for the London Underground (tube). Included is a section about various films and books dealing with the subject. Actually, a plenty good read. Nice pictures too.
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