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Life on the Railway Hardcover – 26 Oct 1989

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Millstream Books (26 Oct. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948975180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948975189
  • Package Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 970,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Too many railway histories concentrate on locomotives, with perhaps an occasional brief mention of the engine drivers or Firemen. Too often the men and women who worked behind the scenes are forgotten - the fitters, the tube blowers, the shunters, the booking clerks, the refreshment room staff, without whom the railways could not have functioned. This book, while not neglecting the locomotive scene, sets out principally to describe how one small part of Britain's railway network operated, and what life was like for all the employees on the railway.

Bath Green Park station and motive power depot provide the basis for the story though this is not just another Somerset & Dorset book. The S&D plavs its part but in partnership with the Midland Railway's Mangotsfield and Bath Branch, a relatively little known but equally hardworking component of the railway scene in Bath.

In this essentially human tale, we meet 14 year old call boys whose duties included 'knocking up' train crews in the small hours of the morning, and foreman Tom Rudd, famous for drinking his tea straight from the pot. We hear of train workings known as The Fish and Chip Special, The Ghost Train and The Rabbits, and of goose plucking in Weston signalbox. Here is the story of the ordinary working people of the railways, the story of a way of life which has all but disappeared.


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