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A Life on the Lines: A railwayman's album (Hardback)
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A Life on the Lines: A railwayman's album (Hardback)

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Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 01/11/2012
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During much of his early career, from 1944 through to the early 1960s, Richard Hardy took hundreds of pictures of life on the railways and the men he knew and worked with on a daily basis, using his trusty Brownie 620 box camera. These unique and largely unpublished images form a fascinating and hugely evocative portrayal of the height of the steam era, during the age of the 'Big Four', and after 1947 on the sprawling nationalised network known as British Railways. Many of the pictures capture the railways in wartime, providing a valuable social record of the nation at war. In addition there is a sequence of rare photographs of French engines, railways and railwaymen, which offer a superb contrast to the British rail network (it quickly becomes evident that whereas the British rail system ran on tea, the French system ran on wine). Great characters are the unifying theme of the pictures, and they include famous figures associated with the railways, such as the poet John Betjeman. This lavishly illustrated book sets Richard's personal photographs and text alongside a carefully collated selection of ephemera, artworks and photographs drawn from the National Railway Museum in York. Collectively these images and artefacts tell the stories of the great brotherhood of railwaymen.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781844861736
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 667 g
Dimensions: 190 x 225 x 15 mm

A real must for the rail enthusiast's bookshelf. * Who Do You Think You Are Magazine *
This is a fascinating insight into the world of a career railwayman in the age of steam. A picture speaks a thousand words and the story comes to life ... this is far more than a collection of three-quarter front views of trains. * Heritage Railways *
The reminiscences give the book its feel and authenticity. Here are Britain s railways as they used to be, seen by a man whose life was shaped by steam. * The Times Register *
A treasure chest of memories of the life and camaraderie that made work on the pre-privatisation railway an enriching career...the book is a great tribute to a railway brotherhood that served the country so well. * The Railway Observer *

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“A Pleasure”

This book gave me great pleasure. It will be very much enjoyed by anyone who has even the slightest interest in railways and their history.. Delightful photographs, stories and descriptions of both steam engines and... More

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21st April 2013
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