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Steaming into History: Footplate Tales of the Last Days of Western Steam [Kindle Edition]

Michael Clutterbuck , Katharine Smith , Michael Poole
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Steaming into History is the second of Michael Clutterbuck's Steaming Into series.
In this collection of short stories we are reacquainted with some familiar characters as well as meeting new ones. The stories tell the tale of some of the North West's footplatemen following the Second World War, as the railways undergo a series of dramatic changes due to nationalisation, the introduction of diesel engines, and the slow but steady demise of the Age of Steam.
The combination of personal interest and fact-based tales of the railways will appeal to a wide range of readers - particularly, of course, those who have a fascination with the railways. The backdrop of a country slowly coming to after years of war and rationing makes an interesting setting for these stories, which trace the passage of time from the late 1940s well into the '60s.)

Michael Clutterbuck's first book, Steaming into the Firing Line, has stayed firmly within the top ten of its categories on Amazon since it was published in 2012 and has received many glowing reviews. This frequently requested sequel will not disappoint.

Characters develop, lives move on, as does the United Kingdom and its railways. Each story tells a different tale in its own right but together they form something bigger and give the reader insight into an age now long past.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Heddon Publishing; 1 edition (10 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JMFOI5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable holiday read 20 May 2014
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Not quite as interesting as Steaming into the Firing Line by the author to which this is a sequel. It has a central character around which most of the story revolves and ends up feeling a bit more fictional, but perhaps that's to protect the innocent (or guilty). More romantic interest for those who like it, but that's not what I was looking for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction for the train enthusiast 25 May 2015
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Steaming into History: Footplate History of the Last Days of Western Steam by Michael Clutterbuck is the sequel to Steaming into the Firing Line. Both are historical fiction novels on the final years of steam powered engines in Britain.

Although this books stands well alone, it does pick up the story of Driver George Denton and Fireman Lance Hargreaves. The first book takes the reader through World War II and Lance’s early experiences. Steaming into History covers the years from 1946 through 1965. George is retiring and had done his best to pass all he knew to Lance. There is a definite father-son relationship between the two. George does his best to “raise” Lance to be a driver (engineer) which is quite a task. Lance is a little more than rough around the edges and faces several challenges in growing up.

Each story can stand by itself but collectively they cover a twenty year history. What I like about the stories on an individual level is there seems to be a moral or lesson to be learned from each one. Whether it’s safety, life lessons, or doing a good deed, there is something deeper than the fall of the steam engine era. The writing, like the first book, seems to be from a different era. The reader will feel drawn into an almost black and white era with the arrival of the diesel engines as the color era. There is a historical feeling to the book and a feeling of change. Not only is the change in engine types but society.

One theme driving the change was the nationalization of the railroads in 1948. Nationalization was part of the downfall of the system. Unprofitable lines were shut down almost immediately, still by the mid-1950s the railroads were heavily in debt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars steaming wonderful 24 April 2014
By buster
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Both steaming into the firing line and steaming into history are two of my all time favourite books, EVER!! Thank you Mr C
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good steam read 3 Jun. 2014
By Inky
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I enjoyed this book a good insight into life on the footplate in the days of steam well worth a read .
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Very, very good. The writer has got most of the historical stuff correct.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading 13 Sept. 2014
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brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyable
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