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Biography of British train travel: a journey behind steam and modern traction

Biography of British train travel: a journey behind steam and modern traction

Benn, Don, author

This book is a collection of mainly previously unpublished articles covering a lifelong interest in railways. It spans a wide spectrum over the years, from the early days in Kent in 1960, through the many hours on the lineside on the Surrey Hills line and the South Western main line, to the last frantic years of steam on the Southern, and the current steam scene, as well as the privileged and exciting times spent riding on the footplate of steam locomotives. Locomotive performance in Europe and a tramway are also included, as is a fascinating minor--and little--visited narrow gauge railway in Southern England, plus heritage traction on the London Underground

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Published Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Transport 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Don Benn
ISBN: 1473858453, 1473858461, 9781473858442, 9781473858459, 9781473858466
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Physical Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Subject: Locomotives Great Britain.; Great Britain.; Railroad travel.; Railroads Great Britain.; Railroads.; Railroad travel Great Britain.; Locomotives.; Passenger trains.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Engineering (General); Passenger trains Great Britain.
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  1. Front Cover; Half-Title Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Preface; Introduction; Chapter One: Kent Rover
  2. 11 September 1960; Chapter Two: Tonbridge
  3. 20 May 1961; Chapter Three: The Westerham Branch; Chapter Four: Area Two Rail Rover
  4. Saturday, 28 April 1962; Chapter Five: 1962 Summer Saturday on the Southern; Chapter Six: South Western Suburban Railtour; Chapter Seven: Redhill to Guildford; Chapter Eight: South Western Engineering Works; Chapter Nine: A Wet Day on Upwey Bank
  5. Saturday, 6th July 1963; Chapter Ten: South West London Steam
  6. November 1963.
  7. Chapter Eleven: Steam around LondonChapter Twelve: Duchess to Rugby; Chapter Thirteen: 1964
  8. The Last Year of the Atlantic Coast Express; Chapter Fourteen: Scotland
  9. Autumn 1964; Chapter Fifteen: 4.49 pm East Croydon to London Bridge; Chapter Sixteen: Snowdown Colliery
  10. The Final Years; Chapter Seventeen: Basingstoke to Woking; Chapter Eighteen: The 012 Pacifics; Chapter Nineteen: Seaton Branch
  11. Then and Now; Chapter Twenty: Hayling Seaside Railway; Chapter Twenty-one: Hammersmith 150; Chapter Twenty-two: On the Footplate; Chapter Twenty-three: Main Line Steam Today; Acknowledgements.