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Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy 2018] Softback 104 pages
More Southern stuff and as interesting as ever. I particularly liked "Exeter to Plymouth in Steam" and the further photographs from the Stephen Townroe archive are amazing records of detail and interest from an operational point of view. There is also a nice recollection of working at Blandford Forum, motor trolley working on the S&D, Southern locomotive engineering recollections, Littlehampton and its cross Channel steamers and more.
Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy 2016] Softback 96 pages
A particularly appealing issue I think, including a very interesting selection of quality images taken by Sid Nash on the Callington line, courtesy of the SLS. The fascinating story of the station built for the alternative London Airport that was never built, part three of Charles Anderson's railway career covering the war years and more of Alan Postlethwaite's photography of freight workings and railway operation. Alan is one of those photographers who managed to record the wider railway scene, producing visually accomplished images which by now reveal a lost world in fascinating detail. All this in addition to a number of other strong features - a great issue!
Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy 2014] Softback 112 pages
I enjoy looking through all issues of the "Southern Way" but this issue strikes me as one of the best so far, featuring a wide variety of subjects. These range from an insightful precis of a 1938 meeting of Southern Railway traffic officers, carriage washing plants, utility van variations (including a GA drawing of a "van B" - superb), the LSWR at Midhurst, the Ilfracombe branch, the Selsey tramway and the first pictures of "Channel Packet" in 1941 at Eastleigh from the Curl collection. As Kevin says in his introduction, nostalgia just gets better and better (especially from the comfort of the 21st Century) and it is a real pleasure and privilege to read through this collection of enthusiasms and recollections, long may it continue! There is also an informative addendum of readers letters and comments woven into "rebuilt" to be found towards the rear of the train...
Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy 2014] Softback 120 pages
An eclectic mix of features, a personal recollection of one Roy Steele's career on the Southern written by his daughter, an unusually detailed photographic record of Fawley Station, building the Chessington branch, a very detailed examination of the 2 Bil units and several other features. There is a nice view of the rebuilt Seaton Station taken from the top of the goods yard crane, sad to relate that the station area is now engulfed by a Tesco store that would large and out of place in Milton Keynes, quite disgraceful in my opinion.
Kevin Robertson [Publisher: Crecy 2013] Softback 112 pages
Brighton Atlantics, Bevois Park Sidings, the dying days of the East Kent and a good feature on the narrow gauge peat extraction system at Ashcott on the S&D branch, in part using photographs already seen in Mike Jacobs earlier "Memories of Southern Railways" from this publisher. Much else besides including a worthwhile "colour interlude" and letters page, it is amazing how much good stuff still turns up after all these years.