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Life Along the Line: A Nostalgic Celebration of Railways and Railway People Hardcover – 24 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 1st Edition edition (24 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715336282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715336281
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Atterbury's observational skills and imaginative interpretations draw readers into pictures brought vividly to life. […] it offers a charming - and often suprising - social history of how the railway touched lives in so many ways. --Jill Murdoch

filled with fascinating archive photographs. --Sarah Clarke

the book will appeal not just to train lovers but anyone interested in social history and nostalgia. --unknown author

a visual celebration of life on and around the railways. […] a lavish, coffee-table book full of interesting material to pore over. […] an excellent showcase of classic images and photographs. --unknown author

deeply evocative. […] All respects of this notable publication are of such a high standard, that many of those who read it could well join their ranks. --Ted Sherrell

a visual feast --unknown author

ideal for dipping in and out of.

--Nick Brodrick

an evocative picture of a golden age. --Christian Wolmar

Invitation to paradise […] a lavishly illustrated hardback --unknown author

a fascinating collection of photographs, postcards, brochures, badges and other 'railwayana'. --Jeremy Miles

a delightful, nostalgic look at train travel […] a celebration of the 'glory days' of Britain's rail network --Choice Magazine

An eclectic and extensive mix of illustrations, from photos of stations and staff, to timetables, tickets and other railway ephemera, offer a different view of Britain's railways. --Mark Whitley, The Countryman

About the Author

Paul Atterbury is a long-time expert on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow, and has written on railways, Victorian culture and arts, as well as many other topics. He is also the author of Along Country Lines, Branch Line Britain and Along Lost Lines. Paul lives in a converted railway carriage in Dorset.


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This book follows the same basic formula as Paul's recent railway books, with plenty of pictures supported by useful and informative text, with the main chapters alternating with special feature chapters. Here, the special features are each based in and around a particular region of Britain and feature station scenes, holiday routes and preserved lines. The main chapters focus on different types of staff and customers. Of course the author has featured some of these types of people in earlier books, but they tended to be secondary to whatever else he was focusing on. Here they are the focal point, with the trains and the structures supposedly being secondary, although the book still contains plenty of pictures of trains. As with all of Paul's railway books, as well as On Holiday - the Way We Were (AA Illustrated Reference), this book is nostalgic. Today's railways, while still important up to a point, are very different in character.

The first chapter (At your service) features station staff and train staff, with many pictures through the ages, thereby providing a potted pictorial history of changes in uniforms. The second chapter (Keeping them running) focuses on signalmen, platelayers and engineering works employees The third chapter (On lesser lines) focuses on industrial railways, goods traffic and narrow gauge railways. The fourth chapter (Taking the train) is all about passengers, but looks in particular at going to work, women and children, party outings, cheap tickets and the royal family.
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This is the sixth book from Paul I have purchased embracing his unique presentation of UK railway history - a glorious blend of rare photographs, leaflets, postcards, documents, diagrams and posters - many in colour and expertly laid out with just the minimum of text to explain context. As the title infers, this volume concentrates on the human experience of railways through the drivers, firemen, guards, station staff, signalmen, engineers, caterers and passengers. Just like the last five volumes (Along Country Lines, Tickets Please!, All Change, Branch Line Britain and Along Lost Lines) this new book is strongly recommended.
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This is the eighth Paul Atterbury title I have purchased.It is well illustrated with lots of associated footnotes which are very informative and interesting.
I don't know how he finds the time to keep producing these raiway books because of his appearances on the Antiques Road Show.
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Another very good book about the railways by Paul Atterbury.
It is a phtographic record of the railway life in days gone by. He must spend a great amount of time when setting out to write his books on railways just gathering up archive photos and ephemera to feature in his books.
It's a good job that there are plenty of photos taken years ago that are still around so that anyone interested in railway history can get to see them.
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Another marvelous and absorbing book from Mr Atterbury. I have a number of other railway publications of his and they are also so full of interesting details and supporting pictures. What a wonderful author.
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In this volume, Paul Atterbury continues his trawl through the archives of Britain's railways in his tried and trusted style. This volume deals with what might be termed the more human aspect of railway life, workers, travellers and enthusiasts. If you enjoyed any other of the volumes in this series, you will find much of interest here also. The book offers snippets of information rather than detailed discourses, coupled with a profusion of illustrations, the majority of which have not been published before. The book will therefore appeal more to the general railway enthusiast and those with an interest in this aspect of our recent history. Recommended.
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I bought this book as a gift for a relative so I have not read it myself but seen the content. I recommend viewing a copy in a bookshop first as it is mostly images and interesting photographs with a narrative by the author, in the style of his other recent books - but I think this is the best and most interesting so far.
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