GWR Company Servants - Janet K. L. RussellUpper Bucklebury: Wild Swan Publications, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “The Great Western Railway was truly a vast undertaking employing many thousands of staff. Besides those more familiar to the public, such as drivers, firemen, guards, porters, ticket collectors, etc., the company also employed a multitude of skilled artisans in diverse occupations, many of them numbering among the elite of British craftsmen. Indeed the company had its own chemists and metallurgists, copper and tinsmiths, blacksmiths, farriers, watch and clockmakers, architects, surveyors, bricklayers, chefs, sea captains, tug-masters, etc. It even had its own aircraft pilots.
Through a representative and compelling collection of photographs, the author has attempted to chronicle the men behind, in and belonging to the railway industry, and who indeed planned this system of transportation, made it work, and kept it working day after day, year in, year out, in all weathers, and in some instances against insurmountable odds. It also provides a valuable and evocative social record, but above all it is a tribute to the Great Western Railway Company’s “servants.”