A Privileged Journey - From Enthusiast & Professional Railwayman By David Maidment
A Privileged Journey: From Enthusiast to Professional Railwayman is a personal account of the author's youthful enthusiasm for trains, travelling throughout Great Britain and Europe as a student and management trainee of British Railways. The book is illustrated with over 140 black and white photos, mostly taken by the author during his travels.
The chapters cover the emergence of the young boy's interest in steam locomotives, through his early 'trainspotting' days to his numerous journeys in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with many accounts of locomotive performance supported by an extensive appendix of train logs. Some of the chapters are much extended narratives from articles serialised in the UK enthusiast magazine 'Steam World', and are also based on ten hours of verbal interviews recorded by the UK National Railway Museum at York as part of their Oral History archives supported by a UK National Lottery Grant.
The second volume (covering the period from 1962 to the current time) will describe his continuing interest and records whilst pursuing his career as Stationmaster, Area Manager, Train Planner, Regional Operating Manager and finally Head of Safety, followed by his retirement in 1996 and subsequent career as an international railway safety consultant.
260 pages hardback.