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The Blue Diesel Era Hardcover – 6 Feb 2014

3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711037469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711037465
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 1.3 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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As has already been said, a very nostalgic look back at the BR Blue Era from the 1960's to the 80's. Not a descriptive offering as such, more of a coffee table pictorial history kind of book, it is noted in the Introduction by Mr. Cable that he regrets the omission of failing to record train headcodes properly and the under representation of EVERY class of locomotive in the BR Blue livery, that said, I can't find any colour photographs that I've seen previously, and they all look nice and crisp to me. The author has segregated the chapters by loco types, so, starting off with the various Shunters, then type 1's, 2's. etc, right up to the Blue Pullmans, DMU's, EMU's and HST's. A mixture of 2, or, 3, photographs per page with a small caption regarding the location and approximate month and year. No winter scenes, unfortunately, but, all the major diesel loco types are included from around the UK, Class 17's, some 29's, a Hymek, and a few Westerns and Warships, so, quite a cross section and the 96 pages have been filled with lovely colour shots from every angle, another excellent release from D.C. at a good price.
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An eagerly anticipated title as it covers an era in railway history I grew up in and still enjoy the most. Perhaps my expectations were thus too high but I feel the content somehow missed the mark for me. That said there are some decent images but these are offset by some that are mediocre in quality or suffer from poor cropping.

The are some informative captions but the author apologies in the introduction for a lack of caption details in respect of many of the train workings covered which is such a pity as this can make for bland captions using the tried and test "An up express" or "van train working" to quote but two. With a little more research much of this detail could have been found even 30yrs after the event. In what is primarily a picture album there is a 50/50 split between good sharp images and some that appear quite frankly 'woolly' this may be as a result of printing methods or the original source image being either scanned from colour slides or prints. I hoped for something along the lines of the Ian Allan Landscape size series of books like "Scottish Diesels a Colour Portfolio" with large single size page images or as in the case of A4 format as here just two to a page. When it comes to quality of image and caption details you can't get better than a Michael Welch title published by Capital Transport, that is the bench mark for me so I find the layout in this title very disappointing.
The Chapter header pages are nearly 50% blank page albeit in BR Blue which struck me as a layout design feature winning over substance. The adjacent page however might have four small or heavily cropped images on it with some measuring 3.5" by 2.5" and the captions as well.
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By cairns TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2014
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Very nostalgic, I really liked the blue era as the yellow fronts looked well as a contrast. The two colours go together. I always thought that the white around the windows didn't really suit. Lots of colour photo's, not all give the loco numbers, but the author has apologised for the missing details. Lots of locations and long gone infrastructure feature, and many different areas are covered, some not always featured in a book of this type. Some of the types of loco featured were scarce in blue. On page 27 I was unable to make out the signalman as mentioned, but that is no problem. For some reason the book was printed in Bulgaria, first we import loco's from Rumania, now this! Britain's former strengths are diminishing. It is a good guide to the era and will bring back memories for those who were there. A wonderful variety of traction was available then.
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Some good pictures here and if the BR Blue period is of interest to you you will probably own this alread or are very likely to buy it. That said I can't help but feel that Ian Allan have missed a few tricks with this title. It's okay but I wouldn't rank it as a "Must Have"!
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