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All in a Day's Work – Life on the GWR
Tim Bryan
ISBN: 9780711029644 (0711029644)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Tachwedd 2007
Cyhoeddwr: Ian Allan, Hersham
Fformat: Clawr Caled, 260x210 mm, 160 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o brint Ein Pris: £19.99   
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Ceir yn y gyfrol hon gan Tim Bryan bortread o fywyd fel gweithiwr rheilffordd yn oes y stêm. Cynhwysir nifer helaeth o luniau du-a-gwyn o archifau'r Great Western Railway.

Drawing upon the extensive archives of the Great Western Railway, Tim Bryan provides a portrait of life as a railway worker during the age of steam. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs.
All in a Day’s Work is a book about people, to be more precise the railway workers of the G.W.R. The inspiration came as the author planned the new displays for STEAM: Museum of the Great Western Railway at Swindon. From archival material owned by the company, plus written and oral testimonies from staff, he has created a book which is immensely valuable as a source of material for both social historians and for those interested in the operational aspects of the G.W.R.

Each chapter describes the different operational workings of the railway during the glorious days of steam. Extensive research provides the reader with an insight running such a huge company, together with the testimonies and personal accounts of the staff who worked within the various rules and regulations set down for them, which by 1933 had become a document of some 200 pages, notwithstanding the Appendices! The author sets before us the daily lives of these people and their place within this giant of its time.

The book is inspirational, as the author has managed to bring the whole system to life again. For those of us who can remember travelling by steam trains, this book will remind us of the dedicated work required to keep those magnificent engines running, how the signals at the end of the platform worked, and who was responsible for the blazing fire keeping us warm in the Waiting Room. It is richly illustrated throughout by a collection of high quality black and white photographs that remind us that the G.W.R. was operational before modern technology was available.

There is much to learn from this book and it is compelling reading.

Anthony Roy

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