Signalman's Twilight

Adrian Vaughan

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Synopsis: In Signalman's Twilight, Adrian continues the story of his railway life in rural West Berkshire. Adrian revelled in the gentle, old-world atmosphere and seized every opportunity, on duty and off, to talk to the older railwaymen, many of whom had begun their careers on the GWR in 1919 - 21, some of whom had served in the trenches with the Wiltshire Regiment in 1916 - 18, and others of whom had worked for the Midland & South Western Junction Railway in 1913 on to 1921, 'when we took over the Great Western', as they put it. He visited other signal boxes, rode the footplates of goods trains and express trains alike. Signalman's Twilight recalls the openness of the railway. Adrian could go wherever he liked on the railway and was welcomed - even riding in the Track Testing Car behind Sudeley Castle at 97 mph. The book recalls the skill and commitment of the railwaymen, which was not undermined by their allowing Adrian into their workplaces and onto their engines. He tells the amazing story of how Signalman Abrahams saved what would have been a fatal train crash - just as he was about to start to demonstrate a new hymn he had learned for next Sunday's service. Adrian's admiration for the oldhand railwaymen knew no bounds. Then came modernisation, dieselisation, and station closures under Dr Beeching's 'Axe'. Adrian describes how he tried, single-handedly, to save Challow station only to earn a severe reprimand from high authority. The Axe fell and destroyed not only the stations of the Vale but a happy, settled way of life.

About the Author: Adrian Vaughan was born in Reading in January 1941 and grew up closely in touch with the GWR and its nationalised successor. He was a volunteer porter at Challow station from 1953 to 1956, during which time he learned how to drive a steam engine and work a signal box. In 1960, after 4 years in the army, he joined the staff of Challow and became a signalman at Uffington a few months later. He was a signalman for fourteen years and an amateur footplateman for six. He produced his first book on his beloved railway in 1971 and has produced over thirty books to date.

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Title: Signalman's Twilight
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
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Book Description Amberley Publishing, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. 1445602571 In Signalman's Twilight, the second part of his trilogy, Adrian continues the story of his railway life in rural West Berkshire, moving from Uffington signal box to that at Challow early in 1962. The Western Region of British Railways was still, very much, Great Western Railway in spirit. The locomotives, men and equipment which served the merchants, farmers and shop keepers of the Vale of the White Horse with their fresh fish, coal, watercress, sugar beet, farm implements, horses - and Lyons cakes - were almost the same in 1962 as they had been in 1922. Any changes were such as fitted in perfectly with the older ways.Signalman's Twilight recalls the openness of the railway and the skill and commitment of the railwaymen. Adrian tells the amazing story of how Signalman Abrahams prevented what would have been a fatal train crash - just as he was about to start to demonstrate a new hymn he had learned for next Sunday's service. Adrian's admiration for the old-hand railway men knew no bounds.Then came modernization, dieselization, and station closures under Dr Beeching's 'Axe'. Adrian describes how he tried single-handedly to save Challow station only to earn a severe reprimand from high authority. The Axe fell and destroyed not only the stations of the Vale but a happy, settled way of life.Adrian Vaughan's Signalman's trilogy was originally published between 1981 and 1987, covering a period from Adrian's first acquaintance with railways in 1945 to his leaving railway employment in 1975. The three books are regarded as classics of railway writing and remain in demand to this day. 192 pages. Vaughan, Adrian, British Rail (Firm). Western Region--History, Railroads--Great Britain--Employees--Biography. Seller Inventory # 060138

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