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The Grand Finale of British Steam [Kindle Edition]

Alan Castle
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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The year of 1968 was a pivotal year in a period of great change and, with the march of so-called "progress" that included man being a matter of months away from walking on the moon, the time was up for steam. The first week of August was to see the closure of the final three depots - effectively drawing to a conclusion the century and a half of loyal service provided by a form of transport to which the wealth of our nation owed so much. The steam era ended so poignantly on 4th August, a day on which innumerable steam railwayman, most of whom had dedicated their entire lives to the railways, were declared redundant.

The fascinating book chronicling the last months of steam on the British Railways main line is a tribute to those final men and machines. Years of painstaking research by Alan Castle, who viewed the proceedings at first hand 40 years ago, and interviews with drivers, firemen and engine shed staff, have resulted in this authoritative and definitive account of the year in which the final whistle sounded on a steam era dating back more than 150 years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5599 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Demand Digital Limited (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FXWLPDG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
As I am credited as being the author of the book (I hasten to claim absolutely no responsibility for the absolutely crap DVD packaged with it!), I can conclusively confirm that the content of the text (or at least what little remains of what I originally wrote) is totally accurate.

However, as the whole content of this product was illegally plagiarised from an original work that I produced in 2008 for Mortons Media Publishing (and which is still available from them by direct mail order), I also had no control over the fact that many of the chapters of the original work have been omitted and, more importantly, that none of the photographers concerned had their individual contributions credited in the correct places ... or were even paid reproduction fees.

I OWN THE COPYRIGHT TO ALL OF THIS MATERIAL, but I have received no payment whatsoever from the present publishers for my efforts! An approach to Demand Media Ltd to remove the book from sale, after some delay and an eventual reminder that had to be sent, ultimately resulted in a totally negative and hostile reaction, this accompanied a blank refusal to acknowledge my request ... they referring back to a (totally illegal) agreement that they stated that they had established with Mortons Media Group for the selling-on of material for "second-use" publication.

As a consequence, given that the totally amateurish manner in which selected chapters have been thrown together and in a manner that I sincerely feel does considerable damage to my reputation as respected railway author, I have now completely disassociated myself from what can only be described as a totally sub-standard publication.

I am well aware that other reviewers have praised what they have seen of the work ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sad end to an era. 17 Jun. 2014
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Interesting to see the built up to the end of steam and to realise where and when all these great locomotives ended their service. It was very interesting to see how many miles these engines had covered when they were finally broken up.

I feel this book would be of particular interest to those who grew up with steam, and also of educational value to those who can only read about it.

A good read.
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By pharoah
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I expected this book to be covering the demise of steam of the main 4 regions but this was not so, the book was slightly relevant to me having joined BR in the late 50's and spent 43 years as a signalman, one of the locos featured was Britannia 70013 Oliver Cromwell which would pass my signalbox daily (LNER), but nevertheless only covered a narrow part of one region, rather disappointing considering the vast array of locos each region employed.
The steam days were wonderful, dirty, noisy, and inefficient but were exciting living entities. This book will be for those people unlucky enough not to have lived through the steam era and will give a taste of what it was like then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars poignancy printed 5 May 2014
By Les
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"The end" beautifully portrayed in words and pictures. A must read for all lovers of the steam locomotive. Great memories of the end of steam
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Steam 19 Mar. 2014
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This was the time when I started working on the railway in 1960, and it was a great time except for the withdrawal of the steam locomotives.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Be careful. 6 Sept. 2014
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This dvd is of some interest but it has already been released under the title "British Railways Volume 8 Branches and Byways ". You may already have it in your collection. The book is only worth a casual skim through. Not worth buying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 12 July 2014
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Far too much needless data for me
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