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Alan Whitehouse has been a lifelong railway enthusiast. Born and brought up around Barnsley, he took an early interest in the local railway network and quickly became fascinated by it.
His career spanned 40 years in journalism, working in both print and broadcasting, beginning at the Barnsley Chronicle and ending at the BBC, where he was for many years BBC North’s Transport Correspondent. Over the years he was presented with seven journalism awards.
He has produced many other books, including works on both the famous Settle to Carlisle and Woodhead lines, as well as writing the text for a children’s pop-up book on steam locomotives.
Now retired and living in North Yorkshire, he spends his time working as volunteer footplate crew on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.