BIOGRAPHY OF BRITISH TRAIN TRAVEL


BIOGRAPHY OF BRITISH TRAIN TRAVEL

DON BENN    Book Number: 85908    Product format: Hardback

The collection focusses on train running performances, modern and motive power and all matters Southern. Locomotive performance in Europe, and a tramway are also included and a fascinating and little-visited narrow gauge railway in southern England, plus heritage traction on the London Underground and shed visits in Scotland. The chapter '1962 Summer Saturday on the Southern' explains how the train enthusiast author discovered a place for high action was the South Western main line out of Waterloo, since the footpath by the main line at Wimbledon was within cycling distance. Eventually he spent practically every summer Saturday that year somewhere along the main line, logging the trains, their speed, their loads and other details. In August 1964 he travelled to Rugby, finally achieving an ambition of being a passenger on a train hauled by a Duchess class engine, and was very pleased because it managed to scrape into Rugby on time. He describes a more recent visit to the quirky Hayling Seaside Railway on a rare steam worked day, trips on the Basingstoke to Woking stretch where he reflects that the modern trains are only a little faster than the earlier steam trains but are so much easier, and describes rides on the footplates of several engines. Heavyweight 264pp. 350 colour and b/w photos, timetables and notebook pages, 50 train running logs, 7" x 10".
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ISBN 9781473858442
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