A Life on the Lines Second edition

A Life on the Lines Second edition

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First published in 2012, this book is now in its second edition. The author has added even more images and he captures the great brotherhood of railwaymen, brilliantly evoking the speed, heat and dust of the footplate.

A glorious photographic record of Britain’s railways towards the end of the Age of Steam, as seen through the eyes of legendary railwayman Richard Hardy. More than 150 images taken on Richard’s Brownie box camera, and by other railway photographers, such as Dr Ian Allen and Dick Riley, are accompanied by Richard’s meticulously detailed captions and entertaining anecdotes that truly evoke the speed, heat and dust of the footplate.

By RHN Hardy


Chapter 1 Early Days 1924–1940
Chapter 2 Wartime 1939–1945 and Doncaster Works and Running Sheds
Chapter 3 Wartime 1939–1945 Footplate staff
Chapter 4 East Anglia and Woodford Halse 1946–1952
Chapter 5 Stewarts Lane Depot and the Stratford District 1952–1962
Chapter 6 SNCF Experiences on Nord and Est regions 1958–1971
Chapter 7 Traffic and Divisional Management 1963–1973
Chapter 8 The years before and after retirement 1973 onwards

About the author:

Richard H.N. Hardy was born in 1923 and educated at Marlborough College. He served an apprenticeship at Doncaster Locomotive Works and Running shed between 1941 and 1944. He then spent a further 38 years working in the Railway industry and one of his last jobs was Divisional Manager in Liverpool on the London Midland Region. He retired in 1982 and is the author of Steam in the Blood (1971), Railways in the Blood (1985), and Beeching: Champion of the Railway? (1989). He has also written numerous articles and the introduction to The Railwayman’s Pocket Book.

Size: 225 x 190mm Landscape

Pages: 192 in full colour

Binding: Hardback

ISBN: 9781844863358


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