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Hydraulics in the West Hardcover – 7 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711035407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711035409
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It sounds like a good and interesting title with a fresh photographer adding a new contribution to this format of books. However, in reality, it is a mixture of colour and black & white snaps and a fair proportion of these are out-of-focus - hm, its the sort of book one might compile for oneself as a "scrapbook" and only share with a few close friends who would accept the subjective editing and mediocre quality!! In fairness, there are a few decent shots from Bernard Mills, Colour-Rail, Bryan Gibson and 1 or 2 others but the rest are mostly "washed-out" Agfa and Perutz photos which have been "photoshopped" so heavily that there is little colour reality left in them. Some of the non-fuzzy black & white photos are of a much higher standard.

A very disappointing book from Ian Allan.
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Produced in the Janes format, I purchased this book because the subject matter is close to my heart. I was hoping for a favourable comparison with the excellent output from Hugh Dady. Sadly, this is not in the same league, moreover, it is not of the quality you would expect from Ian Allan.
To be fair, there are some good photographs ( the front cover is one ), but there are too many sub standard one's included.However, if you accept this, there is much period interest to enjoy in the content.
The author repeats time and time again, that locomotives are carrying the wrong headcode; those of us old enough to remember this period are well aware of that fact. A mention in the introduction narrative would have sufficed.
Also, some of the recorded dates in captions are inaccurate by years ! Some basic research would have avoided these errors. There are other very basic errors too " A D6300 is very rare on the Looe Branch "... actually the photograph in question is at Coombe Junction, the train is ex Moorswater and the motive power staple at the time ! There are others I could mention too.
Any fans of the NB D6300's should buy this book, because no previous publication can ever have included so many photographs of this short lived class!!
To be fair to the author, he has gone to a great deal of trouble to include photographs recalling long since closed branch lines in Devon & Cornwall.
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An excellent book with very useful full colour and helpful captions.
Great detail in some; just right for anyone modelling early diesel days in the west country.
A most enjoyable tour around Devon & Cornwall.
Recommended.
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Although inferior to previous hydraulic albums in this series there is still much to enjoy, from a Western piloting the Blue Pullman to class 22s pulling milk tanks. The reason there are more sub standard photos than before is simple: the supply of quality, unpublished material from the old days has virtually dried up. Anyway, i would still rather see a grainy old image of a hydraulic than a digitally perfect picture of anything modern.
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