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Train loving is a passion that involves a lot of studying, and a lot of information about their favourite machinery. It’s a perfect passion for those who believe it’s all in the details.
These gifts cater for train fans who want to know about train history, read a novel set in the carriage of a train, or advance their knowledge of the historic rail system in the UK. Can’t go wrong here!
A brief and hopefully (!!!) humorous trip round the coast of England, Scotland and Wales by rail, mentioning things and people we’ve encountered, whilst trying to avoid too much technical whatnot.Find out more or buy this product here
The Last Train Home by Paul Blackburn is an action-packed read, full of murder, betrayal and survival. The story is in four parts. The first part involves a predatory woman who commits a crime of unthinkable cruelty and then falls in love with her victim. The second part introduces the predator’s cruel and dangerous brother. The third part draws the rest of her corrupt family into the fold, and the final part tells how these terrible events all come together to reach a dramatic conclusion.Find out more or buy this product here
Ivan Hawthorn’s Trains in the Sky is a fascinating account of childhood as a young boy in the great drought and depression of 1930s outback Australia. Growing up in an all-male household, Ivan Hawthorn documents his boyhood years with his brothers, a wonderful insight into the deprivations and the challenges and the amazing resolve of the outback families during these difficult times. Not just a book for blokes, this is an intricate social history in which the role of women is set into sharp relief and there is more than a little love interest as Ivan grows up and pursues a career in the RAAF set against the backdrop of post war Australia.
A blend of fascinating social insight, more than a passing commentary about early twentieth century farming, indigenous wildlife and the social positioning of men and women, Trains in the Sky will have you reaching for the sequel.Find out more or buy this product here
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. In 1956, a decision made in haste, sees Anthony Box arrived on Bayan estate, a few miles from the sleepy town of Teluk Anson in Malaya. He discovers what life entails working on a rubber estate. The way he describes each and every experience makes you feel as though you are there with him.
On his journey to meet his boss, he is forced to endure Edmund’s company; a man who incessantly talks of himself and his sexual conquests. Fortunately, Edmund was a one-off encounter, but there were a few others whom Anthony was to meet with some dislikeable traits.
As an assistant, his day is long and menial, and Anthony realises his trip to Malaya is a big mistake. However, a few friends who share common interests: cinema, books, radio shows, and a sense of fun, makes life feel a little better. What else does he get up to to spice things up?Find out more or buy this product here
A very scary thought–undertaking a 2500-mile tour of the UK. All alone, by car and foot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. A mature widow previously teaching computing and word processing, I determine to keep up to date, challenging myself; internet, email, Facebook, Instagram had never been heard of. I have published articles over the years, children’s comics, jokes for comedians and written lectures for adult education, and was a manager for Avon Cosmetics. My four-year-old car sitting neglected in my drive; my tour involved two months of organising in advance. I still have to learn a lot about my iPhone–it got me lost twice!
Back to my children and grandchildren for more tuition. Booking.com is my saviour. Sat-nav TomTom is my guide. Find Friends keeps me in touch. The next tour will be to Ireland (Eire)–already in the planning stage.Find out more or buy this product here
Hop aboard for the journey of a lifetime as you head out west to Los Angeles, stopping in some of North America’s best-loved cities along the way, including New York, Buffalo, Chicago, Omaha, Denver, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco. Explore how the railroad shaped the nation’s history and discover some of its most iconic locomotives in this stylishly designed book by Canadian author/illustrator, Pascal Blanchet.Find out more or buy this product here
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