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Through Scotland with the Caledonian Railway Hardcover – 1 Sep 2010
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The author's writing gives a rambling historical review of the Caledonian Railway with no direction and gaping gaps.
Perhaps he should have decided, before starting on this work, whether it was going to be a history book or merely a picture book of photos of Caledonian interest.
Next time the author starts writing a book such as this, I would suggest he gives the text to some knowledgeable authority for a few comments, before passing it over to a litery editor for their suggestions.
I would guess that any serious student of the Caley will be more than disappointed.
Quite simply, I wanted the pictures - which the same publisher's history of the Caledonian Railway is almost devoid of - so I coughed up my money. It was the only way to get copies of the illustrations, for no-one is likely to use them again, now that they have been used once. I looked in vain for attribution of those photos and after some searching found that they are mainly in the collection of Richard Stenlake, who is to be commended for assembling such a superb collection and is surely worth naming as a joint compiler? That said, would it really have cost so much more to reproduce them "properly"?
As stated by other reviewers, it is the total lack of captions to this superb collection which is breath-taking for their omission. MOST of the photos deserve a mini-essay, for there is so much to describe, but all is unexplained. A sinful use of this collection. It needed a Scottish Mike Arlett and David Lockett to interpret what you are looking at. Have a look at what they have done with the Norman Lockett photographs for Lightmoor Press and you will see what this book could have been. Of course I have got (and loved) Jim MacIntosh's Caledonian Railway Livery which much-better illustrates the rolling stock side of this railway (also publsihed by Lightmoor
One final positive point, the maps in this volume are MUCH better than those in the Company history referred to above. I wish I had read that, with the appropriate pages of this book open beside me!
I see the book is being sold at nearly half price now, so if you like the Caley, buy it, but be prepared to do your own interpreting!