Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Didcot Engineman

I recently bought the book 'Didcot Engineman' by Bernard Barlow (published by Wild Swan) and am about half way through reading it at the moment.

It's a fantastic read, and paints a very detailed picture of what it was like to do the job of an engineman on the GWR / WR during during the 40s, 50s and 60s.

I just finished reading the chapter 'Along the Branch' last night, which recounts in great detail one particular turn from Didcot to Winchester and back on the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton line. I almost felt I was there firing the locomotive with him, the account is so vivid!


  1. With that review it must be one I'll look out for.


  2. Yes, definitely recommended! I've also got 'Swindon Engineman', another Wild Swan book of a similar ilk, sitting on the bookshelf waiting for me to finish this one - oh, and about 6 other books that I've bought recently and either got mid-way through or not started yet.... :)