Black Steam & White Feathers
- Black Steam & White Feathers: Southern Steam from the Footplate
- Black Clouds and White Feathers are metaphors for smoke and steam, both an inescapable part of bygone railways.
- Robert Turner joined the railway in 1953, starting as a locomotive cleaner at Bricklayers Arms depot in South East London. As well as including numerous humorous incidents at the depot and on the footplate, the serious business of maintaining and operating steam locomotives is described. Several typical, but nevertheless unforgettable, trips on Southern locomotives are detailed, including work on Bulleid Pacifics and Schools class 4-4-0s.
- A seperate chapter covers in graphic detail, the horrendous accident of 4th December 1957, when the 4.56pm from Cannon Street hauled by Spitfire, ploughed into the back of the preceding train at Lewisham. Just how such a tragic accident, involving such an experienced crew, could occur is described by the author, who knew this same stretch of track so well himself.
- 1990, Case bound, 206 pages, 6¼" x 8½"
- ISBN-10 0860934578
- ISBN-13 9780860934578
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