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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]

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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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