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Signalman's Twilight & Signalman's Nightmare

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Title: Sold as pair: Signalman's Twilight & Signalman's Nightmare

Author: Adrian Vaughan

Signalman's Twilight:

Adrian Vaughan's first volume of railway memoirs, Signalman's Morning, delighted even those who thought that the iron way held no magic.

In Signalman's Twilight he continues the story of his life as a signalman at Challow Station in rural Berkshire. In 1961 the Western Region of British Railways was still very much Great Western railway in spirit: the engines, men and equipment served the villages of the Vale of the White Horse with their traffic of coal, sugar beet, farm implements and horses as they had done for scores of years. Adrian Vaughan revelled in the old world atmosphere and seized every advantage while off duty to talk with the older railway men, to visit other signal boxes, and to ride the footplates of goods engines and express locomotives alike. Signalman's Twilight recalls the hard work and skill of railway operation in all seasons through the eyes of an experienced worker devoted to steam.

If his earlier volume is imbued with the optimism of the bright morning of youth, then Signalman's Twilight is elegiac. Adrian Vaughan tells movingly how the shadow of Dr Beeching's Axe loomed across the workplace he loved; how he tried virtually single handedly to save it; and how - inexorably - the axe slashed, destroying not only a rural station but a happy, settled way of life.

The book is in good condition throughout.

The book has blue boards and gilt lettering to the spine.

There is some foxing on the page edges of the appendix.

The front cover has wear and tears in the upper corner.

The rear cover has wear in the upper corner and along the bottom.

Signalmans's Nightmare

Adrian Vaughan's first volume of memoirs, Signalman's Morning, described his childhood, growing up alongside the peaceful, traditional Great Western line, and his early days of work with the old hand GWR men. The second volume, Signalman's Twilight, continued the story of thye manually operated, steam-hauled railway in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, recalling the legends of the line up to the mid 1960s and the closure of Challow station and its original signal box.

Now, in Signalman's Nightmare, he rounds off his railway career and tells new stories about steam days, before moving on to describe - with some amusing ancedotes - the haste which steam was scrapped and the birth- pains of the modern Western region. In the words of one old hand Inspector it was 'all cuts and cock ups!' Conditions were frequently chaotic, the result sometimes of bad weather and sometimes bad management and between 1965 - 8 the author experienced all this - including a frightening derailment - at first hand he worked in Uffington signal box, co-operating with the new 'Panel' control rooms at Reading and Swindon.

Adrian Vaughan has some hard words to say about the way safety was often endangered by cost cutting exercises but he does not spare himself criticism and in a series of painfully honest accounts he lays bare his own failings.

Retreating westwards in the face of advancing automation the author tells of an idyllic two years in Somerset, surrounded by old hand GWR signalmen and drivers; an idyll marred only by some un-tradional Inspectors.

The final chapter of his career is bitter sweet. The local railway was losing its old hands, another automation scheme was in offing and, in the sweltering heat of summer 1975, the author made one final mistake...

The book is in good condition throughout.

The book has blue boards and gilt lettering to the spine.

There is some foxing to the front end pages and page edges particuarly at the end of the book.

There is some wear and tears on the front cover at the upper hinge of the spine.

The rear cover has wear along the bottom and upper edge.



Item details

Added value:
1st editions - published 1983 &1987
Author(s):
Adrian Vaughan
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
22.2 cm x 14.2 cm x 2.7 cm & 22.2 cm x 14.2 cm x 2.5 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0719539730
Number of pages:
360
Publisher:
Guild Publishing London
Title:
Signalman's Twilight and Signalman's Nightmare

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Title: Sold as pair: Signalman's Twilight & Signalman's Nightmare

Author: Adrian Vaughan

Signalman's Twilight:

Adrian Vaughan's first volume of railway memoirs, Signalman's Morning, delighted even those who thought that the iron way held no magic.

In Signalman's Twilight he continues the story of his life as a signalman at Challow Station in rural Berkshire. In 1961 the Western Region of British Railways was still very much Great Western railway in spirit: the engines, men and equipment served the villages of the Vale of the White Horse with their traffic of coal, sugar beet, farm implements and horses as they had done for scores of years. Adrian Vaughan revelled in the old world atmosphere and seized every advantage while off duty to talk with the older railway men, to visit other signal boxes, and to ride the footplates of goods engines and express locomotives alike. Signalman's Twilight recalls the hard work and skill of railway operation in all seasons through the eyes of an experienced worker devoted to steam.

If his earlier volume is imbued with the optimism of the bright morning of youth, then Signalman's Twilight is elegiac. Adrian Vaughan tells movingly how the shadow of Dr Beeching's Axe loomed across the workplace he loved; how he tried virtually single handedly to save it; and how - inexorably - the axe slashed, destroying not only a rural station but a happy, settled way of life.

The book is in good condition throughout.

The book has blue boards and gilt lettering to the spine.

There is some foxing on the page edges of the appendix.

The front cover has wear and tears in the upper corner.

The rear cover has wear in the upper corner and along the bottom.

Signalmans's Nightmare

Adrian Vaughan's first volume of memoirs, Signalman's Morning, described his childhood, growing up alongside the peaceful, traditional Great Western line, and his early days of work with the old hand GWR men. The second volume, Signalman's Twilight, continued the story of thye manually operated, steam-hauled railway in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, recalling the legends of the line up to the mid 1960s and the closure of Challow station and its original signal box.

Now, in Signalman's Nightmare, he rounds off his railway career and tells new stories about steam days, before moving on to describe - with some amusing ancedotes - the haste which steam was scrapped and the birth- pains of the modern Western region. In the words of one old hand Inspector it was 'all cuts and cock ups!' Conditions were frequently chaotic, the result sometimes of bad weather and sometimes bad management and between 1965 - 8 the author experienced all this - including a frightening derailment - at first hand he worked in Uffington signal box, co-operating with the new 'Panel' control rooms at Reading and Swindon.

Adrian Vaughan has some hard words to say about the way safety was often endangered by cost cutting exercises but he does not spare himself criticism and in a series of painfully honest accounts he lays bare his own failings.

Retreating westwards in the face of advancing automation the author tells of an idyllic two years in Somerset, surrounded by old hand GWR signalmen and drivers; an idyll marred only by some un-tradional Inspectors.

The final chapter of his career is bitter sweet. The local railway was losing its old hands, another automation scheme was in offing and, in the sweltering heat of summer 1975, the author made one final mistake...

The book is in good condition throughout.

The book has blue boards and gilt lettering to the spine.

There is some foxing to the front end pages and page edges particuarly at the end of the book.

There is some wear and tears on the front cover at the upper hinge of the spine.

The rear cover has wear along the bottom and upper edge.



Added value:
1st editions - published 1983 &1987
Author(s):
Adrian Vaughan
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
22.2 cm x 14.2 cm x 2.7 cm & 22.2 cm x 14.2 cm x 2.5 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0719539730
Number of pages:
360
Publisher:
Guild Publishing London
Title:
Signalman's Twilight and Signalman's Nightmare

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