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Rail Blue Hardcover – 6 May 2010

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711034257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711034259
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.3 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Shannon currently lives in Chester and is the author of a number of Ian Allan Publishing titles.


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Paul Shannon is an old hand and has been on the railway photographic scene for many years. Expectations were therefore high. There are many 'plus' points to Rail Blue and a couple of minor 'minus' points. However overall the book is recommended without hesitation.

On the plus side the geographical spread of photographs is excellent and where necessary the author has not hesitated to use the work of other photographers to fill any gaps. The infrastructure illustrated in many of the photographs is sufficient to produce plenty of nostalgia of what is already a bygone era. The captions are well written and are neither too short or too long and contain plenty of data. The book is divided into train type, which restricts it to five chapters. Several of the photographs are master shots, although see next paragraph.

On the minus side, although there are some excellent shots overall there are perhaps just a few too many full frame conventional 'front three quarters' views. Although taken many years ago, possibly on a range of different film emulsions, my copy of the book was, overall and with some exceptions, a bit on the 'dark' side. Finally (and this is the publishers fault not the authors) I thought only 96 pages in a casebound book somewhat on the stingy side, especially when the same publishing house produces 160 page products for £3 more. So value for money-wise there is a question mark - although at Amazon prices it is a real bargain!

Would I buy it - yes. Also great to see a book dedicated to the Author's Mum - there's nobody more important!
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A fantastic photographic book, absolutely stuffed full of colour pictures depicting the locomotives of British Rail's diesels, electrics and various multiple units in the famous Rail Blue liveries of yesteryear. Paul Shannon has done many enthusiasts proud with this edition, ably assisted with loaned historical contributions by several other veteran railway photographers such as Derek Cross, Geoff Plumb, Bernard Mills, David Rapson and Hugh Ballantyne, to name a few. A magnificent array of the really old locomotive classes long since gone from the railway network, including Classes 17, 21, 22, 23 and 29, along with various electric multiple units Classes 304, 504 and 506. An absolute goldmine of pictorial history starting in the late 60's right up to the mid 80's when Railfreight liveries were adopted. I'm very surprised to see so many 4 stars for this issue as seeing again so many photos of Warships, Westerns, Hymeks, baby Deltics, etc, in the same book surely merits a 5 star award from any railway fan. I like the angle of various shots, including many regional semaphore signals which give the pictures such a powerful resenance, and the book covers the whole of the BR regions with sections split over passenger, freight and parcel workings from right around the UK. Well worth the full asking price, but, to get it at Amazon's discount is a huge bonus, and an absolute must get for anyone who remembers the older days of BR Corporate Blue main line locomotives and shunters.
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Paul's work continues to improve in quality and substance . For me, his books are a pleasant reminder of the days when our railways had character and .....charm ? ( possibly ) . A period that is often dismissed as dull, due to the wall to wall blue / grey scenery, it was actually a time of wide variety in motive power and operations, a period that I followed as a " Spotter " when I was a kid ( a long time ago ) . In the last 15 - 20 years I have lost touch with the railway scene but this book, as with others that Paul has produced, brings back a great many memories of a time that I found fascinating . Compared with today's world of over-crowded Multiple Units and " one size fits all " freight locomotives, the Blue era had a lot more character than it is given credit for . This book is an excellent example of the type and contains some high quality photographs, all with informative captions and it's layout of subject matter ( sectors as apposed to regions ) gives it more structure than others in the field . Well recommended .
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I was very impressed with the quality of the photographs and the colour reproduction in this book. If you're a forty-something like me, it will carry you back to the good old 'blue' days when variety still reigned on British Rail. I have also found this book very good for researching general railway information and guidance on tips to include for when railway modelling. Most certainly worth the few pounds that it costs.
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Being someone of a certain age this book is a trip down memory lane.

A superb collection of photographs.

Well worth the money and highly recommended!
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