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By R H N Hardy

ISBN-10: 1844863352

ISBN-13: 9781844863358

in the course of a lot of his early profession, from 1944 via to the early Nineteen Sixties, Richard Hardy took hundreds of thousands of images of existence at the railways and the boys he knew and labored with every day, utilizing his trusty Brownie 620 field digital camera. those distinctive backstage photos shape a desirable and highly evocative portrayal of england on the peak of the period of steam, throughout the time of the 'Big Four', and after 1947 whilst the sprawling nationalised community referred to as British Railways got here of age.

The moment version comprises many new unseen images which trap the railways in wartime, supplying a necessary social checklist of the state at battle. additionally there's a series of infrequent photos of French engines, railways and railwaymen, providing an outstanding distinction to the British rail community (it fast turns into glaring that the British rail process ran on tea, while the French procedure ran on wine). nice characters are the unifying topic of the photographs, and so they contain recognized figures linked to the railways, resembling the poet John Betjeman.

This splendidly illustrated booklet units Richard's own photos and textual content along a delicately collated choice of ephemera, works of art and pictures drawn from the nationwide Railway Museum in York. jointly those photographs and artefacts inform the tales of the good brotherhood of railwaymen, brilliantly evoking the rate, warmth and mud of the footplate.

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