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Gloucester Locomotive Sheds: Horton Road & Barnwood (Hardback)

Engine and Train Workings

Transport Photographic Books

By Steve Bartlett
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 229
ISBN: 9781473875593
Published: 30th January 2019

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GLOUCESTER LOCOMOTIVE SHEDS is the latest in a series of in-depth studies of motive power depots during the latter days of steam, looking closely at their changing engine allocations and operational responsibilities. At the time, Gloucester was a busy and fascinating rail centre where ex-GWR and ex-LMS (Midland Railway) routes met, each with main line passenger and freight services, local passenger trains and extensive freight trips providing an endless panorama of railway activity.

The principal ex-GWR Gloucester Horton Road and ex-LMS (Midland Railway) Gloucester Barnwood motive power depots are covered in depth with their locomotive allocations, operational duties and changing responsibilities over the years fully described. Not forgotten are both depots’ sub-sheds at Brimscombe, Cheltenham Malvern Road, Lydney, Ross-on-Wye, Dursley and Tewkesbury along with the duties and local routes that they covered.

This in-depth study is supported by over 200 well-chosen black and white photographs, many of which are previously unpublished, and each of the motive power depots covered are supported by detailed plans of the shed layouts.

This new book follows the same author’s successful “Hereford Locomotive Shed” published in October 2017 and further books are planned in the series.

This book comprises an excellent and comprehensive reference work on the railways around Gloucester, and brings back many happy memories to your reviewer. It is highly recommended to anyone who knows the area, and also to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of the district.

Bradford Railway Circle

At 230 pages, Steve Bartlett's latest offering from Pen & Sword is a book that offers a combination of facts and opinions about the structures and train workings in and around the Gloucester area.

As with most MPD's, at times and on the last minute, things were prone to change, challenge or go wrong. This is what makes reading this, such a good journey for the rail enthusiast.

Manchester Locomotive Society

Review Of The Month

This is a captivating glimpse of a way of life that we couldn't have imagined would be gone so quickly and is warmly recommended.

Steam World, May 2019

A fascinating insight into an important railway location.

Steam Days magazine, April 2019 - reviewed by Roger Smith

Full of iconic and nostalgic photographs of a place about three miles down the road from where I lived for the first fifteen years of my life.

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Books Monthly

Being a Gloucester lad in the 1950s and '60s this book is especially poignant to me. Saying that, I thoroughly enjoyed it, although the inclusion of colour photos would have been an extra bonus. I am pretty sure that the trainspotter in the photo on page 9 is me, but if not, then this was a favourite spot for me as I lived only a short distance from Eastgate station. Also it was good to see so many images from my friend John Goss included in the book. On my way to the Crypt School in the late '50s and early '60s I used to see the up 'Cheltenham Spa Express' every morning hauled by a well-polished 'Castle' Class loco hauling its train of chocolate and cream coaches - 'Spitfire' and 'Winchester Castle' were regular performers then. On my way home from school I also used to see 'The Devonian' on its way north from Bristol usually hauled by a 'Jubilee' locomotive. I even travelled on the last auto train service from Gloucester to Chalford on 31 October 1964. Churchdown station was my favourite spot for trainspotting on summer Saturdays as many of the trains packed with holidaymakers usually took the Gloucester avoiding line (as many of the Bristol to Birmingham trains today take, thus avoiding a stop at a city with a population of 129,000). Gloucester during that period was a wonderful place to live for a young railway enthusiast. All that is a dim and distant recollection but this book brought the memories flooding back. Well done Steve Bartlett! Check me out on Instagram for other railway memories of that period: julianhollandrailways

Julian Holland

A comprehensively detailed historical study, "Gloucester Locomotive Sheds: Horton Road & Barnwood" is an impressively informed and informative volume that is wholeheartedly recommended for both community and academic library British Railroading History collections and supplemental studies lists.

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Midwest Book Review

About Steve Bartlett

Steve Bartlett is a fourth generation railwayman. His father moved around the Western Region as an Assistant and then District Running & Maintenance Officer, his grandfather worked in Swindon Works and his great-grandfather was a Country Station Master on the South Devon Railway. As a teenager, the author recorded the latter days of steam and joined the railway in January 1966. He spent almost forty years working in rail operations, timetable and resource planning, and on the West Coast Modernisation Project. He now researches and writes about the latter days of steam with an emphasis on engine sheds, their changing allocations and operational duties. He lives in Nantwich, Cheshire, and is married with two sons and four grandchildren.

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