I really enjoyed this book especially the earlier chapters about Cricklewood and West Hampstead. I Started my footplate carreer at Cricklewood in 1975 although i had spent a couple of years on the pway prior to that. The names that were mentioned brought back so many memories especially just the mention of Paul Hudson who is a great friend of mine. Other names that brought back memories such as Ray Clarke, i could write volumns about. Also mentioned was that late great Don Metcalfe who was the traction Inspector who passed me for driving. I could really relate to this book having worked on and become disillusioned myself although i soldiered on until i was retired in 2011 at the tender age of 56. I also recognised some of the names mentioned at Northampton as some of these came to work at Bedford where i was based. Also mentioned were Roger Gilbert and Clive Evritt who i met when i was a driver at Waterloo. This is a fahntasic book that gives an insight into the history of the railway as it wondered blindly towards privatisation, a poor thing indeed. Further reading of railway books can be enjoyed with the reading of Gravy Trains by George Dixon as well as Cat Stories by George Dixon a very good collection of railway stories. Over all a good yarn.
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