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Details of the FB's book:

Victorian Railway Days

 

Victorian Railway Days

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Contents

Selection from reviews

 

 

 

Publishing details

 

 

Title Victorian Railway Days
Subtitle None
ISBN

0 86332 388 X

Type of book Hardback
Number of Volumes 1
Number of Pages 145
Name of Publisher The Book Guild Limited
Address of Publisher

Temple House, 25 High Street,

Lewes, Sussex

Date of publication 1989
Reprinted No
Current edition First
Previous editions None
Supplements None
Current availability Out of print. Secondhand copies may be available from booksellers on the Internet

 

Click here to read a "Flyer" produced to promote the book at the time of publication

 

Contents

 

1
A lamp-boys romance
2
The runaway special
3
Dinsie Nin the Navigator
4
The haunted signal box
5
Cuban evidence
6
The sudden death of the Station Master
7
Laban's ride
8
The journeying boy
9
Coupled and shunted
10
A grisly excursion
11
The future of railways

 

Selection from reviews

 

Francis Bennion could hardly be bettered in his fine evocation of life in an English village during the period of social change that followed the coming of the Railway. The mysterious appearance of golden sovereigns in the hands of the lamp boy at the new branch line station, an excursion train to the gruesome spectacle of a public hanging (and a woman at that) which divides the village, the vicar's daughter of uncertain age who falls in love with a youthful shunter, the local Squire faced with a designing woman who gets herself locked in his first-class compartment to London, a ghost (or is it?) that haunts a nearby signal box, disaster on a Sunday school trip to the seaside end of the branch line - these are some of the incidents in this eventful and highly-readable collection of stories about the coming of the branch line railway to an English village in the 1860s. Patterns of life, undisturbed for centuries, altered overnight with the arrival of gangs of Irish navvies, closely followed by a type new to the English village - the Railway Company Official. The author's eye for the period is so matched by his narrative style that it is difficult to believe he was not actually present, knowing the characters and witnessing at first hand the events he so movingly depicts

B.A