With the aid of his own collection of photographs the author tells of his four and a half years training on the London & North Eastern Railway. In 1925 he entered the very effective training scheme accepted as the best in any British railway company. At that time the railway station was a lively part of village life with its regular passengers, long distance travellers, locals off for a day's shopping, day trippers, school children and farmers with their carts and cattle. It was also a microcosm of railway life and, as such, the favourite training ground for new entrants to the service. His camera records scenes on the railways and locomotives, rolling-stock and stations during the Golden Age.