Customer Reviews


32 Reviews
5 star:
 (27)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:
 (3)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life on the Lines
I must confess a strong bias towards anything written by Dick Hardy. Those who have yet to make the acquaintance of one of the finest railway managers of the 20th century will find this a rivetingly fascinating book. Those who like me have devoured just about everything that RHNH has written over the last fifty years will find both new and familiar stories, well told. The...
Published 22 months ago by Mr. J. Cassells

versus
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Railways in the 20th century
I'm around halfway through this, and am alternately interested and baffled. The author clearly knows his subject inside out, but assumes that the reader already has some knowledge of the construction and operation of a raiilway network in general, and steam trains in particular.. Technical terms are used with no explanation, which is irritating.
It does, however,...
Published 20 months ago by R. Benson


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 4 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life on the Lines, 18 Feb 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album (Hardcover)
I must confess a strong bias towards anything written by Dick Hardy. Those who have yet to make the acquaintance of one of the finest railway managers of the 20th century will find this a rivetingly fascinating book. Those who like me have devoured just about everything that RHNH has written over the last fifty years will find both new and familiar stories, well told. The design and layout is imaginative (though for tired old eyes like this reviewer's, the print seems to be getting smaller!). The photographs are well chosen. The stories are as good as ever - and even the retelling of some old favourites still yield new insights. If you're an enthusiast, you'll love it. If you are a railway professional, you'll be fascinated by a railway scene that no longer exists - and you'll learn a very great deal about the art and craft of human relations.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Railman, 13 Aug 2013
By 
cairns (Haddington) - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album (Hardcover)
A well presented book by, and about , the decades of railway employment and involvement of the author, Richard Hardy. It is a vignette of the various positions that he held with a chapter dedicated to each era. There are many excellent black & white photo's to accompany the text, many by the author. A particular favourite picture of is on page 60 and shows two gangers, and it speaks volumes about the employees and the times that it was taken in. The Author obviously enjoyed his time with the railway, both before and subsequent to, nationalisation, and this always comes across. He met many railway personnel in his time and has many kind words to say about them. Mr Hardy was a railwayman of the old school and knew the job from personal experience, a situation that always gains respect from the other employees,for instance he was still able to fire a steam loco at a very senior age. The book uses some abbreviations, but unlike many gives a full explanation towards the back. Very highly recommended.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book, 22 April 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This enjoyable book is written by a man who knew more about the steam locomotive than anyone. He was a student of human nature and much loved by all who worked with him. A hands-on boss who had empathy with all who worked under him.
This is something that today's railway managers could learn from.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Railways in the 20th century, 10 April 2013
By 
R. Benson (UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album (Hardcover)
I'm around halfway through this, and am alternately interested and baffled. The author clearly knows his subject inside out, but assumes that the reader already has some knowledge of the construction and operation of a raiilway network in general, and steam trains in particular.. Technical terms are used with no explanation, which is irritating.
It does, however, succeed in conveying some of the complexities of running a rail network successfully, and of the number of different skills involved. What comes across very clearly is how demanding, and often dangerous it was (and is) for all concerned.
The photographs are many and varied, and frequently reminded me of train travel in the 1950s and 1960s - usually overcrowded, often dirty, but almost always arrived on time. We had no idea of the complexities involved, and remembered only that you never opened a window unless you wanted an eyeful of ash and dust.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and different railway book, 17 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album (Hardcover)
I have many railway books.This is one of the best because it is so different from all of the others and because it is of the
personal memories and experiences of a much admired and respected railwayman.The lengthy anecdotal captions are
amusing and interesting to read no matter where the book falls open.The photos are of great interest too as nearly all of
them have beaming colleagues/friends of R.H.N.H.included in the scene and railways are about people,they improve the
pictures greatly.The shots of beautiful,mostly,old steam engines are fascinting.
The only adverse comment that I would make is that the copy I received from Amazon is slightly damaged,the red spine is
rubbed at the top and bottom corners showing the white board base,there is also a noticeable bruise/dent on the back cover.
These damages were done before despatch,not by Royal Mail as the card envelope is undamaged.Not worth exchanging.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars A lost world of steam and innocent dreams, 29 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album (Hardcover)
A fascinating intimate look at the world of steam-long before health and safety! This is shows what happens when a young boy (the author Mr Hardy) follows his dream of working on the railway and the mentoring (and hard work) that allows him to live that dream.The evocative photographs show a vanished world-how will future generations be able to view the ephemeral digital images of today?
Incredible detail.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting, 26 Jan 2013
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a lovely wee book full of interesting stories and pictures from the days of steam on the railways - would recommend
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 11 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album (Hardcover)
This book was very interesting &took me back to my train spotting days as a boys really good book with great photos
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book of photographs and recollections., 4 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album (Hardcover)
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 Management 1963- 1973. and finally The Years Before and After Retirement 1973 onwards.
This book is a delightful read, and is a useful accompaniment to Mr Hardy's book "Steam in the Blood" if you are fortunate enough to own a copy!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars not your usual photo album, 11 April 2014
By 
Mr. M. Aldron (swansea, south wales) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album (Hardcover)
a very interesting book, concentrating on the human side of railwaymen.Excellent photos and text...i did two separate stints of railway work, when i was a young "un , and can relate to the sentiments put forward in this book. 3 years as an s + t apprentice.. apprenticeship .not completed, and 2.5 years as a c + w examiner
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 4 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album
A Life on the Lines: A Railwayman's Album by R. H. N. Hardy (Hardcover - 1 Nov 2012)
£11.99
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews