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Stenlake Publishing - The Redditch & Evesham Line - The story of the line from Barnt Green through Redditch and Evesham to Ashchurch


The Redditch & Evesham Line - The story of the line from Barnt Green through Redditch and Evesham to Ashchurch



Author : Bob Yate
ISBN : 9780853617365
Cover : paperback
Price : £16.95



The Redditch & Evesham Line - The story of the line from Barnt Green through Redditch and Evesham to Ashchurch
£16.95
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Review by Glenn Sealey : 2018-06-06
This book arrived as the unexpected gift from a friend. Having grown up in Redditch, and developed an early interest in railways that has continued throughout my life, this book had a personal relevance.

One of my earliest memories was at the age of four, in 1955 or so, going on an excursion from Redditch to Weston Super Mare. Whilst mother bagged some seats, my father took myself and my younger brother to see the engine. I now realise it was a Fowler or Fairburn tank. The sight, the smell, the sound of sheer life of it had me hooked and it still does. As a child I remember standing on the bridge over the yard trying to get covered in smoke as the Jinty carried out its shunting duties. Trips past the station and trips by train are lasting memories, as was a little geography project I did as a schoolboy visiting the North End Signal Box, being welcomed in and shown around by the signalman.

A day out during school holidays was to catch the rush hour train (because it was locomotive hauled) to Barnt Green and spend the day on that bridge, before taking the return train home at teatime. We never misbehaved and the station staff left us alone.

One of my earliest ever photographs is of DMU on the up line in Redditch Station. I was amazed at how little it had changed from the early 1900s photographs in the book to the memories I have and that little picture I took in the early 1960s.

The book brought back many memories, and to see the photographs of places where I had stood was truly amazing. Then of course the story filled in so many gaps in my knowledge. A considerable amount of research has gone into this volume, and I commend this book not only to those who know the line but to other enthusiasts as well.