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By J on 06-15-14
Chuffed To Bits!
I was a bit unsure about this book and listened to the sample a couple of times before finally taking the plunge and having a listen to it. It far and away exceeded by expectation and did a fantastic job of keeping my interest levels high throughout the book.
The narrator did an excellent job in bringing the stories and information to life without it becoming at all boring and monotoned. I would recommend most highly to anyone with an interest in either British steam railways or military history who are looking for something a bit different that will provided an extremely rewarding!
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By Jack Harrison on 06-02-18
Our Railway Heroes and Heroines.
I have also recommend this book as part of my review for 'Wounded.
Perhaps because I spent ten years as a Railway Signalman (1978-88), and the phrase - 'Once a Railwayman, always a Railwayman', it was very easy for me to identify with both audio books.
There are many examples of personal bravery in here, most of which left me completely stunned and perhaps a bit inadequate to comment, meaningfully.
The Signalmen who stayed at their Box during bombing during the Blitz; or Loco crew who were attacked en-route by enemy aircraft, never thinking of their own safety. And Drivers, attempting to move trains from populated areas and dangerous sidings - with wagons ablaze. And of course, the railway-woman showing a fine example as her Railway Ferry itself became a casualty.
Through the years of World War II, Railway men and women worked to protect their trains, passengers and loads, as their own selfless contribution to victory; only to be cast aside by later closures.
But apart from this fine audio book, their efforts and often - ultimate sacrifice is also commemorated by a plaque at the main entrance of London's Waterloo Station. As I have mentioned elsewhere - I usually pause there to think of them.
Jack D. Harrison.
By Mark R. on 06-12-17
I found this book very easy to listen to. very interesting feel like I expanded my knowledge.
By Alan on 09-30-16
If you could sum up Steaming to Victory in three words, what would they be?
Days of purpose
What was one of the most memorable moments of Steaming to Victory?
The stories of courage of many rail staff some who paid the ultimate price
Which character – as performed by Nick McArdle – was your favourite?
I liked it all
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Two sittings .You had to think about what was being said and of a time when people pulled together in the face of danger.
Any additional comments?
I am trying to make my first model railway from this period and this book as well as the courage it recounts was such an inspiration . How many could uncouple a burning carriage of bombs to try and get it away from houses A mixture of enjoyment and inspiration.
By C on 02-04-16
Not bad but a little laboured
Quite a good account but still gave the impression of stretching the content to make it long enough.