A Privileged Journey: From Enthusiast to Professional Railwayman (Pen & Sword)

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By David Maidment. This book is a personal and individual account of the author's youthful enthusiasm for trains and the travels he undertook in Great Britain and on the European continent as a student and management trainee of British Railways.

As the story unfolds, we see the emergence of the young boy's interest in steam locomotives in particular, through his 'trainspotting' days to his numerous journeys in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Many accounts of locomotive performance are included, supported by an extensive appendix of train 'logs'.

Some of the chapters are much extended narratives from articles serialised in the UK enthusiast magazine, 'Steam World' over the previous decade and are derived from verbal interviews recorded by the UK National Railway Museum at York as part of their 'Oral History' archives.

A Privileged Journey: From Enthusiast to Professional Railwayman is illustrated by over 140 black and white photographs, mostly taken by the author himself as a boy and student. 260 pages.

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