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Cambrian Railways Gallery (Hardback)

A Pictorial Journey Through Time

Transport Photographic Books Colour Books Trains and Railways

By Paul Carpenter, David Maidment
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Railway Gallery
Pages: 186
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526736031
Published: 6th November 2019

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This book in Pen & Sword’s ‘Gallery’ series starts with a brief history of the Cambrian Railways’ early years, followed by a magnificent comprehensive set of early photographs of Cambrian engines and Oswestry Works made available by the former Chairman of the Manchester Locomotive Society and the National Library of Wales. A tour of the sumptuous scenery of mid Wales follows – the trains in the landscape taken from Andrew Dyke’s collection and a few so expertly ‘colourised’ by him that most find it difficult to distinguish these from the many genuine colour photographs, the Welsh countryside deserving the rich and varied hues. The book is jointly authored by David Maidment and Paul Carpenter, the latter bringing the story of the Cambrian up to date and persuading a number of former railwaymen who worked on the Cambrian system to share their memories and experiences. The book finishes with a description to restore part of the closed section of the line through the efforts of members of the Cambrian Heritage Railways. The book has over 25,000 words of text, and more than 250 photographs, including over 40 in colour.

An interesting theme and an abstraction for the senses.

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Miniaturas JM

"A fascinating, photographic journey."

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6024 Preservation Society

About Paul Carpenter

Paul Carpenter became a Chartered Engineer in 1978 and has worked in the Public and Private Sectors before becoming an engineering consultant. He also lectured to degree level for some ten years at technical colleges. He is passionate about railways and is an active volunteer in the heritage sector. He led the Spa Valley Railway extension to Eridge and is currently the Project Engineering Manager for the 4709 locomotive construction for the Great Western Society. Paul became a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2009 and currently works for London Underground as a Lead Designer and Senior Project Engineer.


 David Maidment

About David Maidment

David Maidment was a senior manager with British Railways, with widespread experience of railway operating on the Western and London Midland Regions culminating in the role of Head of Safety Policy for the BRB after the Clapham Junction train accident. He retired in 1996, was a Principal Railway Safety Consultant with International Risk Management Services from 1996 to 2001 and founded the Railway Children charity (www.railwaychildren.co.uk) in 1995. He was awarded the OBE for services to the rail industry in 1996 and is now a frequent speaker on both the charity and his railway career and author of four novels, two non-fiction works on street children and over ten books for Pen & Sword’s locomotive portfolio series, the royalties from all being donated to the charity.

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