Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Review: Best Railway Stories

Edited by LTC Rolt, this volume contains 16 stories with a railway theme.

I wouldn't get that excited about it normally. You've probably read Dickens ghost story "The Signalman" and several of the others.

The star however, is the final tale. Mrs Union Station by Douglas Welch, written in 1937.

As far as I know, it's the only fiction where the whole story revolves around railway modelling. If there are others, I don't know of them.

Anyway, it's dated, set in America but still funny.

You don't even have to read it yourself as I found a radio version from KBOO community radio here.

If you prefer a crackly radio play version from the 1940s, Readers Digest present it here.

So, get a mug of tea and perhaps a choccie biscuit, settle back for half an hour and enjoy.

1 comment:

Jeffrey Showell said...

Thanks for posting this Phil. I haven't listened to it yet, but I will. I was surprised to see that this is from KBOO--MY local community radio station!