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Britain’s Changing Train Liveries (ePub)

Four Decades of Change

P&S History > British History Transport > Trains & Railways

By David Goodyear
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
File Size: 121.1 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 210 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399066327
Published: 30th July 2023


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Railway liveries play an important role in establishing much-valued recognition of the many operating companies through the variety of colours worn by their trains which ply our British railways. These reinforce the pride that their “uniform” bestows. This is demonstrated by the immaculate designs which adorned the Pre-grouping steam locomotives through to the stamp of Network South East which certainly raised the profile of many ordinary commuter trains, at least around London and the Home Counties. Similarly, it is a quality which is especially evident in the ubiquitous all-pervading British Railways blue era, which now features as an essential ingredient in diesel preservation, as also in a multitude of colours and futuristic designs bestowed by the contemporary privatised passenger and freight companies. Furthermore, consider the appeal of “retro” liveries which decorate some of the locomotives hauling charter trains, a trend which reinforces the popularity of liveries which were once merely part of the mundane everyday scene. Any glimpse through the news reviews and photographs published in monthly railway magazines will reveal such a kaleidoscope of colours adorning the locomotives and rolling stock which traverse the UK’s modern and preserved railways. This book endeavours to facilitate a brief overview of some of these liveries in the hope that it will whet the readers’ appetite to explore their own world of railway liveries.

"Like his previous books, David's photography is of a high standard. He has done a very good job with the digital conversion of his images from film. His running commentary with each image, identifying locations, times and a paragraph of explanation of the liveries seen certainly takes the reader through a journey. This book will appeal to any rail enthusiast for its mixed bag of liveries and locomotives featured and will take the reader on a journey through the last four decades. This is a book for any enthusiast's bookshelf."

Gareth Harrison

About David Goodyear

David Goodyear was educated in West Lancashire, and studied for his Religious Studies degree at Lancaster University. He completed his PGCE at Hull University. David has been Secondary school teacher throughout his career, with responsibilities for leading a Religious Studies department and also as coordinator for able, gifted and talented students. His teaching has often involved presentations to students using images to illustrate theoretical concepts within Religion and Philosophy. David has been long term fixtures secretary for Plymouth Railway Circle. His regular contact with professional railway photographers has helped to develop and refine such interest and accompanying photographic skills.
In retirement he fulfils roles as guard on the South Devon Railway and as PCC member and Safeguarding officer at his local church.

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