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Train Spotters: A Personal Countdown to the End of Steam on BR in 1968 [Paperback]

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Train Spotters: A Personal Countdown to the End 

of Steam on BR in 1968 [Paperback]

Product Description
Mike Priestley grew up on the Wirral as one of

the baby boom generation. He has liked trains as long as he can remember. His dad

introduced him to steam engines when he was still in his push chair [in the years

before buggies had been invented] and that was more than enough to get him hooked. In

Train Spotters, Mike tells the story of a group of mates who found a common interest

and a range of buzzing railway locations to explore. The backdrop for this account of

their teenage years is Merseyside in the swinging sixties. As with the Beatles, it

looked like all the fun would be over by the end of the decade, but not before the

gang had enjoyed their adolescent years to the full, in the company of the Semis and

Scots, the Patriots and Jubilees, that provided the main line services during their

youth. They thought the culmination of their activities would be a solemn farewell to

the steam engine's reign in 1968. As things turned out, they are still getting their

kicks from it today. In this celebration and defence of a rewarding life long hobby,

Mike tries to make sense of changing cultural attitudes towards railway enthusiasm in

the age of celebrity and computer games.

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