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Changing Trains
Changing Trains
by Valerie Stewart
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Railman., 11 Aug 2014
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A book about the management and running of ScotRail as an example of good practice. The timeline of the company is not given just examples of what lead to it's success. Although interesting, it really relates to good management principles rather than relating to the railway itself. A great story of Chris Green and others beating bureaucracy. The aforementioned manager cut his teeth in Scotland, went on to do great things with Network Southeast and even greater things at InterCity. Truly one of the greatest railway figures in our history; although he must have been seriously annoyed when all his great work in creating the most successful passenger railway operation in the world, and a model for other countries, was torn apart by privatisation. Not for purely the rail enthusiast, but a reminder of a time when the railway began to throw off it's shackles.


Diesels, Depots & Oil Drums
Diesels, Depots & Oil Drums
by Ted Reading
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Railman., 9 Aug 2014
This book more or less starts from when my erstwhile intense railway activity finished, so that I could experience other things. This is very much how it was, a perfect sample of life through those times, particularly the cat and mouse game of getting round depots. Extremely nostalgic and great to see once more those depots and stabling points. The book covers much of Britain, but is by no means comprehensive, Scotland in particular does not feature strongly. The idea of oil drums is very interesting, there were very many about. The loco's had very capacious sumps and the lubrication systems were also prone to fuel dilution, wearing internal surfaces and water contamination, often needing extra oil changes. There are very many black & white photos, some quite small, and all with bags of informative and knowledgeable text. I prefer colour, but obviously circumstances prevailed against that. Unusually though the pages are not numbered. As I have said previously there is much nostalgia and this invokes the very happy memories and sheer excitement ( and sometimes hard work ) involved in tracking down all the loco's, and approaching areas where the engines could be heard before the loco came into view. The pictures of Swansea docks chime very much; who can forget the class 37 and brake van combo's, and the view of the docks themselves is tremendous and gives a fantastic impression of the erstwhile infrastructure. I was particularly pleased to see the two pictures of 31264, which was my last 31, seen at Hitchin during 1975. What I would tend to forget that many shed, yard and stabling point visits were made during the hours of darkness; silently and quite often at high speed, so I could not always see the bigger picture. A book of wide appeal the scene and the times captured are just not for the nostalgists. The work is set out regionally in respect of depots and stabling points and separate sections cover such like as works, scrapyards and industrial. I could not recommend or praise this book more highly, a must for every collection. I would go as far as to say a seminal work. One sad note was reading that much of the scenes shown have long gone and many are built over. Progress cannot be stopped, and the introduction of the HST was to me a sign that change was coming. Unfortunately the collapse of British Industry and the recession was something that even the experts did not anticipate. Buy it!


BR DIESELS DEPARTED.
BR DIESELS DEPARTED.
by Derek. Cross
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Railman., 9 Aug 2014
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A slim volume of black & white pictures of diesel classes withdrawn or in the process of, as of June 1978. Some of the pictures are not the best of quality, and some of the text just does not make sense. To describe the class 31 as only having had minor modifications is ridiculous. Being re-engined is not minor. Reading the texts accompanying the Warship classes does not seem to make any sense in relation to how many were built where, class 24 text gives two different totals of how many were allocated to the Southern. In my view a book too far. There was no need to publish this, I cannot really see a current market for it. Disappointing to say the least. Although a few of the pictures are good, there are much better books available.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Railman., 7 Aug 2014
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A great belt with the great idea of not needing permanent locating holes. Available in various sizes and colours. Well worth buying.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Railman., 7 Aug 2014
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I have tried several makes of lemon green tea bags, and this is the one that I much prefer. Far cheaper from this source than in stores, and the boxes contain more bags. Well worth buying.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Railman., 7 Aug 2014
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A great belt with the great idea of not needing permanent locating holes. Nicely made and in a variety of sizes and colours. A great buy.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Railman ., 7 Aug 2014
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The dogs love this product even though they normally had wet food and refused to eat other dried foods. All the dogs daily requirements are in the product. Well worth buying.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Railman., 7 Aug 2014
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A good cheap option for managing daily medical requirements. Easy to open and clearly marked in days and time zones, well worth buying.


On the Right Lines
On the Right Lines
by Bert Stewart
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Railman., 4 Aug 2014
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An excellent account of Berts time as a railwayman and the obvious enthusiasm that he had for the job. His tale particularly chimed with me as he started ( after a false start at a cotton mill ) at Lostock Hall, which was my local shed. Who knows, as he left in 1959, there is a very remote chance that I saw him. I well remember in 1964 being interviewed on the first floor of a building on Ward St. The manager was sat with his back to the large window, a window that looked out over the shed. What he mistook for eye to eye contact and uninterrupted attention was actually me watching loco movements behind him. The book clearly illustrates the hard dirty work, unsocial hours and long lead times required to get to be a driver. My home village of Bamber Bridge is also mentioned several times. This whole area at that time had many scopes for employment, Preston and Leyland both offering thousands of jobs, most of them better paid and with better working conditions than the railways. It is a wonder that any boy deigned to work in the railway industry at that time, and in many parts of the country they didn't. A great story told of probably some of his more interesting journeys on the footplate, and told full of enthusiasm, and with reference to some of the characters that he met. His journeys on preserved loco's also feature. He left the railways to manage a pub, again illustrating that he was not afraid of hard unsocial hours work. I do not know if Bert is still alive, or if he has any surviving family, but they can all be proud of his story. A very good account of times that won't return, and a very good illustration of railway work. Some b & w photo's accompany. Highly recommended. One very minor quibble, the proof reader could have done better. Don't let that put you off.


The Channel Tunnel Story
The Channel Tunnel Story
by G Anderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 62.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Railman., 3 Aug 2014
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This book majors mainly on the disgraceful relationship between; Eurotunnel the client, and TML the contractors. What a sad indictment of private industry, particularly in Britain. The book ends prior to the tunnel opening, I would have liked this included plus also the outcome of the legal situation as regards payments. This just goes to show that private industry is at least as bad as government in getting things done on time and on budget. The various battles between the two parties are gone into in detail and make sad reading on a project that had the worlds eyes upon it. The story is told by two authors with a great understanding of the construction industry and is told well. There is a timeline given that keeps abreast with developments, and the text is accompanied with photo sections, a picture shows a class 20 at work in the tunnel, I enjoyed seeing that. One opponent of the tunnel was Jonathan Aitken, and considering what happened in his future, perhaps he had specific reasons why he did so. The two heads of Eurotunnel being honoured escaped me. Should not also the joint heads of TML have been treated the same? Britain as usual, the ones doing the work are ignored. One thing that does come across is the commitment to the whole infrastructure that France had and we didn't, and that they were stronger in their dealings with Eurotunnel. Britain as ever half hearted and more worried about the cost than the benefits. Also featured is the negativity, mostly from the British press, The Sun even staging a photo to enable them to lie about it. Although the project was fantastic and is very beneficial let us not forget that at least ten people died in it's construction, a very high price to pay for their families and friends. All in all an excellent book and worth reading on many levels. Highly recommended.


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