Double Headed Two generations of railway enthusiasm by Thomas w/ DJ
Double Headed Two generations of railway enthusiasm by Thomas
Hard cover with dust jacket
This unique book will give the railway enthusiast hours of pleasure. It might even convince the uninitiated that there is more in trains than a mere means of transport. The two authors-father and son-have certainly discovered a rich and complex world. The son describes railways as half a way of life.
Britain's railways are portrayed as seen by the elder and the younger enthusiast over a period of 65 years. It is a many-faceted portrait, serious and entertaining, with glimpses of trains past and present in all parts of the country, and more solid contributions too, especially on a number of lesser-known aspects. Branch lines, and narrow gauge, steam and even model railways find their place.
We see the Midland Railway at the turn of the century, the building of the Great Central, and the rise and fall of cross-country trains. City stations like Bristol Temple Meads and wayside ones deep in the country are brought to life. Railway management is scrutinised in the Lake District, County Donegal and the West Country. The South West figures prominently, with accounts of journeys by goods trains, of the Indian summer of steam on the South Western line, and a branch closure night in a blizzard.
Both the authors are professional writers, and their enthusiasm is contagious. Profusely illustrated with drawings, other text illustrations and 24 pages of photographs.
List of Illustrations page 7
How It Began The Age of Toys Six Changes
The Last Main Line Cross-Country Journeys
A Corner of Essex The Company Rationalisation The Hole
Between Courses Temple Meads Paddington to Seagood
Friend or Foe? A Signal Success A Cornish Byway
Farewell to Seagood Narrow Gauge to Killybegs
The C.K. & P.
Steam's Indian Summer
Vital But Not Viable
Timetable Thoughts Border Counties
The Burden of the Past Railway Publishing Highland Luxury
West Country Notebook
page 152 155 159 171 179 185
Notes and Acknowledgments 195
(This list does not include the numerous drawings by
Two Midland class 2 4 4 Os approaching
Inaugural train at Higham Ferrers25
Climbing the long bank from Bodmin Rd to Doublebois 26
Cornish Riviera Express at Cornwood26
Unusual combination leaving Newton Abbot26
Unusual combination near Oban27
Scottish Rambler at Stranraer Junction27
Boat train from Douglas to Port Erin28
Study in steam on the Festiniog Railway28
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway train at Irton Road28
Farmers welcome the Great Central37
Leicester London Road, exterior38
Leicester London Road, interior38
Bristol Temple Meads, frontage55
Bristol Temple Meads, platform 955
Diesel multiple unit near Bassenthwaite Lake56
Lakes Express at Cockermouth56
Teignmouth sea wall from The Ways of Our Railways73
Diesel-hauled Cornish Riviera Express on sea wall73
Last day of Moretonhampstead line74
Dunsford Halt on Teign Valley branch74
Layout of Paddington to Seagood model railway82
`Hall' class storms up Dainton Bank91
King Edward VIII near Stoneycombe91
Beattie tank at water tower on Wenford Bridge line92
At the china clay works, Wenford Bridge line92
T9' class at Saltash Passage
North Cornishman at Okehampton
Pen lee at Newlyn
West Cornwall Railway excursion, 1852 Bodmin & Wadebridge cocoa order
O. V. S. Bulleid
Elder Dempster as originally built Elder Dempster as rebuilt
Modified `Merchant Navy' on Atlantic Coast Express Unmodified `West Country' on Pines Express
Notice from GWR auto-car Abergynolwyn on the Talyllyn Railway
Stranorlar on the County Donegal Railways
Douglas on the Isle of Man Railway Model of Black Prince
W. J. Bassett-Lowke
Model of Pendennis Castle Model railway: Paddington Model railway: Seagood
Model railway: another view of Paddington
Model railway: `country station' Model railway: `the company'
Train on North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways Re-laying at Abergynolwyn on the Talyllyn Railway Bridge rebuilding at Brynglas, Talyllyn Railway Railcar crossing Mourne River, County Donegal
Lydia on mixed train, County Donegal Railways Inverness station in 1906
Badengorm Burn accident 1914, Highland Railway Board at Druimuachdar Summit
Goods train at Drybrook Road
Branch goods climbs from Coleford Junction
`Dean' 0-6-0 at Parkend
Seal of West Somerset Mineral Railway
Advertisement from 1885 Highland Railway timetable
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