Railway Oddities

Railway Oddities


By (author) Geoffrey Body

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  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 168mm x 10mm | 210g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 0752443992
  • ISBN 13: 9780752443997
  • Illustrations note: 80
  • Sales rank: 441,241

Product description

Over the years railways have seen a diverse mix of traffic and many unusual events have occurred. There have been special services for Glastonbury festival goers, consignments as varied as boilers and bees, rural branches like the 'Crab & Winkle' and the 'Strawberry Line', trains to carry corpses, circus trains, a railway with a lifeboat, zig-zag routes, and unusual commercial enterprises such as excursions to watch prize fighters, typing services on city-to-city expresses and cinema coaches. This lovingly compiled collection of titbit's captures the fascination and variety of railways with over 250 accounts garnered from the press, friends and colleagues and from the author's own experience of dramatic, intriguing and sometimes hilarious events, creating an immensely readable collection of information and stories from 150 years of railway activity.

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Author information

Geoff Body worked in the railway industry from 1945 to 1976 and has been writing on railways and canals ever since. He has had a number of articles and books published by David & Charles and Trans-Rail Publications