David B

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,422 - Total Helpful Votes: 158 of 170
The Great Central Railway: Past and Present (Briti&hellip by John Stretton
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another superb volume of photographs with interesting captions from John Stretton, this time covering the GCR from Nottingham to Rugby. Most of the book takes the usual format of past and present pictures side by side. Additionally there is a separate section covering the preservation era. The story ends at Leicester North. How sad the politicians and planners of Leicester failed to grasp the economic benefits to the region of heritage railways and safeguard the trackbed into Leicester Central.
A useful full page colour coded map of the route is included. Alas there are several slip-ups. East Leake and Whetstone stations have been omitted, the Loughborough chord is shown as ‘Line… Read more
Devon Steam by Michael Welch
Devon Steam by Michael Welch
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia in Devon, 9 Feb 2014
This is another quality album from the Capital stable. The usual chapter per route format has been followed. An excellent innovation is the provision of a full page map of the railways of Devon, colour coded for Western & Southern Regions showing the juxtaposition of the rival routes. Enthusiasts will recognise the 'Withered Arm'.
There is a wide variety of shots of steam in action and infrastructure in general including lovely portraits of the station frontage of Exeter Central, Axminster and Tavistock North. Quiet byways are well covered but my favourite is of the double headed 'Cornish Riveria Express' about to depart Plymouth North Road with an immaculate 'King' hauling a rake… Read more
British Rail: The Nation's Railway by Tanya Jackson
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is the story of British Rail as a train operating company. The first chapter discusses railway organisations pre-BR and then the book settles in to talk about marketing and trains themselves. There is plenty of talk about `PEP's and `VEP's etc. However, stations, infrastructure engineering and signalling of trains (all the things that Network Rail does today) are dismissed with a few one liners such as `resignalling', `electrification' `standard rail clips, `continuously welded rail', `TOPS'. There is nothing at all about the development of large signalling control centres, the hugely innovative Solid State Interlocking' (SSI) and Integrated Electronic Control Centre' (IECC), nor… Read more