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Britain's Railways Through the Seasons (ePub)

Iconic Scenes of Trains and Architecture

Colour eBooks P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Photographic eBooks Transport > Trains & Railways

By David Goodyear
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
File Size: 151.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781399086516
Published: 2nd September 2022


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The four seasons pass by like a gliding ship, each signalled by a transformation of changing colours and hues of light, thus providing a form of marker to these passages of time. Living in the temperate zone we experience four distinct seasons. The railway scene reflects such in its own special character - cold winter air enhances the bountiful steam escaping from the hissing steam locomotive impatiently awaiting its departure, while autumn enchants with trees that exude a variety of hues which embellish any image of even the most mundane suburban train. Springtime blossom and wild flowers bestow railway cuttings with a bounty of generous bright colours while coastal railways often look most inviting on warm sunny days as they pass alongside azure seas and golden beaches. The seasons each add their own dimension for the photographer to encapsulate, and railways passing through the ever-changing landscape provide their own tribute to this inspirational tapestry. As readers travel through each season, so they are invited to share this awe and constant source of inspiration from nature's kaleidoscope of colour.

Photographs are provided with captions and reflective commentary to enlighten the knowledgeable rail enthusiast alongside those who equally enjoy such a portrait of landscape and scenery through the seasons. The range of photographs ranges from the mid -1980's to the present with the majority from the last two decades.

When you pick up a new Pen & Sword book, you know that it is going to be a high-quality publication, and this is no exception. Its 216 pages contain a collection of beautiful photographs, well reproduced on good-quality paper, printed at one or two to a page. However, the book differs from ‘normal’ railway photographic albums in being divided into four chapters, one for each of the four seasons of the year. As the author says, it’s ‘an exploration of how seasonal changes impact on the embroidery of railways, trains and architecture’. This book can be recommended.

Ffestiniog Railway Magazine

The photographs are almost without exception a particularly fine collection... There are some outstanding images, some not even needing a train to complete the scene.

The Journal of the friends of the National Railway Museum Winter 2022-23 (No.182)

David has provided a very good description that goes with each image, the reader receives a thorough description of where he took the image, the motive power seen and any particular significance to him or the occasion. He sometimes throws in some technical knowledge he knows about the locomotives clearly demonstrating his knowledge. ...

This is a book that will appeal to many people from rail enthusiasts to even someone who enjoys landscape photography, as David photography is very strong. This is a book for any railway enthusiast bookshelf, it will bring many hours of enjoyment for any viewer and for years to come.

Gareth Harrison

This 216-page hardback A4 book is printed in colour throughout. It is a truly stunning selection of images that have been well presented.

I really enjoyed it!

Railways Illustrated - November 2022

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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