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Brutally honest in every way.
on 29 July 2014
A brutally honest account of the author`s 25 year career on British Rail as he worked his way through the grades.
Starting off as signal box train booker at Wigan,then working through the ranks of signalman/station supervisor/train crew supervisor/before working his way right up to a relief controller at Crewe,ending his career at Warrington Arpley.
His account tells how the railway of the 1970s 1980s was run on a mixture of overtime/cooperation/comradeship/rule breaking & alcohol.
the final chapters cover the twilight years of BR as the madness of rail privatisation/fragmentation/in fighting/low morale/disillusionment & redundancy set in
As a former signalman & supervisor on BR,myself,I cannot condone some of the authors sometimes very bad behaviour,but no doubt that`s how things were sometimes done in the past.
Things did have to change on BR ,but towards the end this book shows that behind the scenes the very poorly thought out privatisation of BR that was foisted on to it`s staff to deal with,was indeed a privatisation too far.
If you understand railway terminology then this book is certainly well worth a look & does indeed document a railwayman`s 25 year railway career.
I liked it.
All in all a very good book.