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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
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781526736031
Published: 30th 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.

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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 born in 1938. He began his railway career in 1961 and although he retired from the railway industry over eighteen years ago, he is still busy as a writer, activist in the voluntary sector and as a speaker in schools, church groups and general interest clubs. In 1996, David received an OBE for services to the railway industry and, in 2012, he received a Life Achievement Award at the National Rail Awards. His published works include articles on railway history, safety, practice, performance and nostalgia, and several books including The Other Railway Children and Lives on the Line, among other publications.

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