Midland Man

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A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album by R. H. N. Hardy
Richard Hardy carried a camera with him throughout his long railway career. Many of the images are of the fellow railwaymen he worked with at various locations. Each group of images has a few paragraphs about the people and places, and you can detect a real feeling for the comradeship amongst the ordinary workers who kept our railways running from the 1940's up to the end of steam.

The book is divided into eight chapters: Early Days 1924-40. Wartime 1939-1945 Doncaster Works and Running Sheds. Wartime 1939-1945 Footplate Staff. East Anglia and Woodford Halse 1946-1952. Stewarts Lane and Stratford 1952-1962. SNCF Experience on Nord and Est Regions 1958-1971. Traffic and Divisional… Read more
Rails In The Fells - A Railway Case Study. by Jenkinson. David.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Railway Case Study, 29 Dec 2013
This is an unusual railway book. The author, David Jenkinson (1934-2004) trained as a geography teacher before entering the RAF, and later working as Head of education and research at the National Railway Museum. The book sets the Settle & Carlisle line into context in relation to the geology and geography of the area through which the line passes, and how the railway itself has influenced the immediate landscape.
The book is divided into four main parts: The historical background: The line in its environment: The line as a factor in local development: The line and its trains. There is also sample shed allocations of steam motive power, and selected express train coaching stock… Read more
The Power of the Patriots by J.S. Whiteley
The Power of the Patriots by J.S. Whiteley
A comprehensive photgraphic record of the LMS "Patriot" class, otherwise known in their original form as the "Baby Scots".
There is a brief introduction to the genesis of the class, ie the "Claughton" class, and the rebuilding of two Claughtons, 5902 and 5971 into the first two Patriots, although in practice little of the original locomotives actually appeared on the first two Patriots.
The book provides a record of each member of the class, ie from 45500 through to 45551, and then there is a miscelleny of images of the class presented geographically, with a bias to the West Coast mainline, and in the North West, where the class were mainly based.
My only slight crticism… Read more