A Life on the Lines: The Grand Old Man of Steam by R H N Hardy

By R H N Hardy

in the course of a lot of his early profession, from 1944 via to the early Sixties, Richard Hardy took thousands of images of lifestyles at the railways and the lads he knew and labored with each day, utilizing his trusty Brownie 620 field digital camera. those special backstage photographs 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 while the sprawling nationalised community often called British Railways got here of age.

The moment version comprises many new unseen photographs which catch the railways in wartime, delivering a worthy social list of the country at struggle. furthermore there's a series of infrequent images of French engines, railways and railwaymen, delivering an excellent distinction to the British rail community (it quick turns into obvious that the British rail process ran on tea, while the French method ran on wine). nice characters are the unifying topic of the photographs, they usually contain recognized figures linked to the railways, resembling the poet John Betjeman.

This splendidly illustrated e-book units Richard's own pictures and textual content along a delicately collated choice of ephemera, artistic endeavors and pictures drawn from the nationwide Railway Museum in York. jointly those pictures 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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