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Not bad, but not in depth!,
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This review is from: Principles of Railway Operation (Hardcover)
The book is written primarily for the layman and is set out into an easy to understand format. Thirteen sections detail areas of operating the mainline railway of the 21st century, from signalling to passenger stations, from freight to timetabling.
Make no mistake this is a very useful introduction to a much ignored area as far as railway books are concerned. For those with an interest is ‘how the railway actually works’ this is an excellent introduction. All too often railway books concern themselves with locomotives, routes or history, whereas this is an attempt at answering what the railway is for and how it works on a day-to-day basis.
Whether it ‘educates’ a seasoned operator or serious enthusiast is open to debate. Many of the sections are a scant overview of the subject matter, for signalling you are much better off with Stan Hall’s signalling handbook for example. Overall, the serious reader is left wanting, it pays little attention to the nitty-gritty of how the day-to-day railway is run and the problems it (and its’ staff) faces, with just a scant mention of the railwayman’s bible ‘The rule book’. It’s also no planning guide for professionals, and pays little attention some of the deeper economic or operating questions.
Having said all this, it’s well worth buying for those that have an interest in this area, and makes a welcome addition to the bookshelf.