Just the Ticket: Memories of a Liverpool Booking Clerk 1962-1965 (SLP)

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Liverpudlian, Barry Allen, has once again put pen to paper, this time recalling his first job after leaving school. This is a compilation of amusing recollections covering the three years he spent working for British Railways in the pre-Beeching era. He begins it with a humorous view on how, instead being employed by British Railways in Traffic Control like his Uncle, he ended up as a British Railways trainee booking clerk, based initially at Widnes North station, before passing his probationary period and getting a transfer to West Allerton station on the former LMS system. His stories tell of incidents and accidents which occurred during his time there and describe many of the exploits which both he and other railway staff got up to, conjuring up an interesting view of life working on the railway. He ends with an entertaining selection of stories, as told to him by `The Garston Coffin Dodgers', a collection of retired drivers and firemen who worked around Merseyside in the steam era. His reminiscences are interspersed with some of his own light-hearted railway poems. Also included are a selection of black & white photographs of steam locomotives shown around Otterspool Loop and Mersey Road station, which unusually were taken by a driver, James Stone. Also contains a Railway Clearing House map of the Widnes area and other photographs and images relating to the text. A6 Hardback. 128 pages.

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