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Post by 34028 on Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:25 am

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I have a liking for reading books by Southern enginemen etc. I have both Bert Hookers books as well as "Black Clouds & White Feathers" by R Turner and "Footplate Days on the Southern" by H Norman. Can anyone recommend any others?

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Post by 35005CP on Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:27 pm

Southern Region Enginemen by Jim Lester looks a good book to purchase. You can get it here: http://www.kevinrobertsonbooks.co.uk/product/view/1784

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Post by 34028 on Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:37 am

Thanks Andy. I'll look out for it. If you want a very useful site for finding books try

www.abebooks.co.uk

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Post by 34028 on Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:48 am

35005CP wrote:Southern Region Enginemen by Jim Lester looks a good book to purchase. You can get it here: http://www.kevinrobertsonbooks.co.uk/product/view/1784

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Just got this book and IMHO it's well worth a read.

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Post by 34070 Manston on Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:06 am

Good afternoon Pete.

I bought Jim Lester's book whilst at the 70A reunion, and I agree that it's a good book. Jim was kind enough to sign it for me!

A few weeks ago, I attended a Model Railway exhibition at Folkestone and managed to acquire an "ENGINEMAN S-R" badge as worn on the grease-top cap!

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Post by 34028 on Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:58 pm

and managed to acquire an "ENGINEMAN S-R" badge as worn on the grease-top cap

Funny enough I got one (a replica i think) from a certain well known auction site recently.

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Post by 35005CP on Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:18 pm

It seems I may have to indulge in a copy! Just seen that Whsmiths are doing the book for £7.40. http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=9781906419271

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Post by 34070 Manston on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:53 pm

34028 wrote:
and managed to acquire an "ENGINEMAN S-R" badge as worn on the grease-top cap

Funny enough I got one (a replica i think) from a certain well known auction site recently.

Pete

Pete,

Unless you bought it from someone like Sheffield Railwayana Auctions, then it's 99.9% certain that it's a repro from Gomm - http://www.philrowlandsagencies.co.uk/gomm.htm

That's who produced the one I bought, to accompany the green BRITISH RAILWAYS "hotdog" badge that has been adorning my rucksack for some while now! Smile

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Post by 34070 Manston on Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:15 pm

35005CP wrote:Whsmiths are doing the book for £7.40. http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=9781906419271

Andy,

At that price, I'd grab it! Shocked

It won't be signed by Jim Lester, however. Still, there's an excuse to get to the reunion next year! Laughing

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Post by 34028 on Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:23 am

I've just been and checked the auction listing from whence I got my badge and all it says is "an ENGINEMAN SR (Southern Railways) badge, it looks brand new to me "
It came from Worcestershire.

When I get home at the weekend I'll list all the books I have from Southern enginemen.

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Post by 35005CP on Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:06 am

34070 Manston wrote:
35005CP wrote:Whsmiths are doing the book for £7.40. http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndSearch/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=9781906419271

Andy,

At that price, I'd grab it! Shocked

It won't be signed by Jim Lester, however. Still, there's an excuse to get to the reunion next year! Laughing

Alistair.

Believe you me - I'm going to definately grab it at this price! I can't wait to have a good read - Could be a Christmas present to me!! Laughing

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Post by 35013 Blue Funnel on Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:12 pm

Depends what you mean by books by Southern Enginemen. I'm a former SR engineman and have written 3 books, 'How Steam Locomotives Work', 'Racing Trains' and 'Forward! The Revolution in the lives of the Footplatemen 1962 - 1996'. All are now out of print but are available through either amazon or second-hand book sellers.

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Post by 34028 on Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:48 am


"Depends what you mean by books by Southern Enginemen"


I like reading of the writers experiences on the footplate and what they thought of different classes of loco etc etc.

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Post by 35005CP on Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:35 am

35013's book is definately worth a good read! Especially if you are working on steam engines these days. You will certainly pass you're Firemans test with both the Black book and with this book also.
I have to say there will be plenty of books/advice from people out there how Steam Locomotives work. But '35013's' is worthy of a purchase in my view.

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Post by 34028 on Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:50 am

Folks
My apologies for the delay but here is the list of books by Southern Locomen that I have aquired

Nine Elms Engineman, Bert Hooker

Bert Hooker Legendary Railwayman

Black Clouds & White feathers, R Turner.

Engineman SR, M Jackman

Nothing like Steam, B W Aynsley

Southern Locoman, George Hollands

Footplate Days on the Southern, H Norman

Man of the Southern: Jim Evans looks back, Jim Evans

Southern Region Engineman, James Lester


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Ps I've just had a look on Abebooks and all 3 of 35013's books are available on there.

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Post by Nickt on Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:51 am

Not quite the same thing, but we've added a Bulleid Bibliography to the SLL website:

http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/Class_Details/Bulleid_Bibliography.html

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Post by 35005CP on Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:59 pm

I have just seen this book by Geoff Burch; Looks like it could be a very interesting read.



Here is a description with details of how to acquire a copy;

Geoff Burch will be launching his new book 50 years to the day since he joined British Railways.
The launch and book signing will be on Monday 4th April between 11.00 and 16.00 at the Guildford Museum, Castle Arch, Guildford, GU1 3SX.

Twelve chapters covering Geoff's initial interest in Steam Locomotives in the late 1950s as a Trainspotter then starting work as a 15 year old Engine Cleaner, performing Office Boy duties, working in Boilersmith's Shop and eventually becoming a Fireman in 1962. Geoff gives his account of working his way through the links with a diverse range of Drivers and Locomotives until the final day of steam on Sunday 9th July 1967 when he also had the honour of being one of the firemen of the last Locomotives to leave Guildford MPD that day. In particular, the 'Drivers and Firemen' chapter is dedicated to most of the men that Geoff worked with on the footplate - some 86 Drivers and 73 firemen who were employed at Guildford at the time.

Hard back with matt laminated jacket, A4 Portrait size 297 x 210mm : ISBN 978-0-9567967-0-7. 192 pages with foreword by David Shepherd CBE. Illustrated throughout with B/W and colour photographs.
Price: £20 (plus postage and packing) and can be ordered (after the launch date on 4th April 2011) by contacting - geoff.burch@virgin.net


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