Rambling railwayman

A train departs Guildford on a Portsmouth Harbour to Waterloo service in 1970.

A train departs Guildford on a Portsmouth Harbour to Waterloo service in 1970.

A trolleybus passing the Eastney Essoldo on the corner of Devonshire Avenue in 1961.			                 Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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I wrote a few weeks ago about a new book on Portsmouth’s trolleybuses and what good value it was, even at £45.

Now I have seen an even better value book. It has 300 pages and more than 700 photographs and is a bargain at £25.

a side-swipe collision at Hampton Court Junction on 23 February, 1979.'         Remarkably only four passenger were reported slightly hurt. PPP-140912-142155001

a side-swipe collision at Hampton Court Junction on 23 February, 1979.' Remarkably only four passenger were reported slightly hurt. PPP-140912-142155001

Yes, it’s a train book but there’s much more than simply pictures.

It is the third book by Geoff Burch following on from The Ramblings of a Railwayman and More Ramblings of a Railwayman. This one, Rambling Railwayman’s Recollections takes us up to Geoff’s retirement and his time when he passed from steam-hauled to electric locomotion. His time in the training school and many other outlooks on railway life over 50 years of service are recounted.

Several of the photographs are technical showing how controls in the cabs of different trains worked.

There are some marvellous views out of the driver’s window pointing out what to look for as the train passes through urban and rural landscapes.

To order a copy for Christmas contact Geoff on geoff.burch@hotmail.co.uk or go to ramblingrailwayman.co.uk.

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