Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Review: GWR Signal Box Cats, Liveries and Allocations by F.E.Line

Just when you thought you'd read everything ever written on railways, here comes a book providing full details of the prototypes cats. Everything from livery information to the correct shed and station allocations.

No it isn't.

In fact, the book is a collection of random tales from real railways. Amusing incidents, behind the scenes activities. The cats do get a look in, 3 whole pages devoted to cat tales (not tails) no less.

We all know that life in a huge organisation doesn't always run as the rule book, or senior management, believes it should. I'm sure neither made provision for weighing a pony at Kidderminster, despite there being a perfectly good reason for it.

On the other hand, is this any more ridiculous than an official inspector dropping bags of flour as part of his work finding out how an accident had occurred ? Pity it didn't work out as well as he had hoped.

Possibly more enjoyable than the text, which could have done with a bit more proof-reading in places, are the illustrations. Both Peter Barnfield and Christopher Burton providing entertainment on many of the pages. I'd pay the price of the book for the formers Whimseyrail cartoons on their own.

Buy this book from Noodle Books

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