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The Southern Way No 45

Kevin Robertson    [Publisher:  Crecy  2019]    Softback    96 pages

Another great dose of Southern Regionery, further pictures from the SC Townroe collection, life at Eastleigh in the latter days of steam, an article on the decline and resurgence of the Salisbury to Exeter route, Kingston Wharf, Alan Postlethwaite explores the Smithfield Triangle and more on building the EB stock. Plus more besides, including follow up letters from readers.

The Southern Way No 42

Kevin Robertson    [Publisher:  Crecy  2018]    Softback    112 pages

Stroudley D Tanks, rebuilding Victoria Station, Ambulance trains during wartime, Eastleigh observations on one day in March 1966 and cryptic images from Horton Hospital Railway are but the edited highlights from a very varied menu in this issue.

The Southern Way No 41

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.

The Southern Way No 34

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!

The Southern Way No 28

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...

The Southern Way No 27

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.

The Southern Way No 23

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.