The Hidden Railways of Portsmouth and Gosport Paperback – 29 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Dave Marden is the author of two previous books for Kestrel Railway Books Southampton s Quayside Steam and A Further Look at Southampton s Quayside Railways . A native of Southampton, he has had a long career working for the Port of Southampton.
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However if you are interested in industrial railways then this is an excellent book as the coverage of all the locomotives used is excellent and each has a very comprehensive history, why couldn't they do it for the system and its many and varied uses?
I have rated the book 4 star because it does an excellent job in certain aspects of the title, I hope that this review illustrates what I feel is the emphasis. Others could well disagree.
A must buy.
The main part of the book (probably 85%) is a list of the locomotives that worked on these railways with a few pertinent details (cylinder size, makers details etc). Many of these have pictures, but a fair number of the pictures weren't taken in the dockyard locations making them of dubious overall relevance to the title of the book.
Of the actual dockyard railways and operation there is virtually nothing, certainly nothing that couldn't be found or seen elsewhere in other books similar books, and some of these other books are considerably better. The complex systems that operated on these railways and the fascinating and varied loads that came in and out of the dockyards are regrettably completely ignored leaving huge gaps such as the ropeworks and armouries which are virtually unique and other areas such as the foundries and wood yards which were massive operations in their own right.
In summary, if you want to know about the dockyard railways, look elsewhere. If you are interested in industrial locomotives (especially the ones that worked on the dockyards) then this book will be of interest. The title of this book is almost a breach of the trades descriptions act and a better title would have been "Locomotives of the Portsmouth & Gosport Dockyards".
An opportunity lost. Two stars only because I liked the locomotives. Otherwise one star only.