A Pictorial Record of Great Western Signalling
1973 edition by Adrian Vaughan.
Adrian was born in Reading in 1941, and attended school at St. Anne's, Caversham, and Alfred Sutton's, Earley, before his family moved to Childrey near Wantage in 1953.
He started his interest in signal boxes early in life - at the age of four in fact, when he left his bed somewhere around the midnight hour and toddled to Kennet Bridge signal box about three miles from his home. By the age of eight he was conversant with the working of the nine lever Woodley Bridge signal box in Sonning Cutting. From his constant visits to this signal box and to Reading General station he developed an affection for the railway and the railwaymen which remains today, long after the 'old' railway has vanished.
After a spell in the Regular Army he joined British Railways in 1960 (still very much Great Western in spirit) and has worked as a signalman since then. He says that these years have been the happiest working times of his life, and thanks to the excellent friends he had in the locomotive department, he claims to be the only signalman with ten thousand miles of footplate work, firing and driving, to his credit. When a driver friend had a particularly interesting job Vaughan would take a week off from his signal box to join in the footplate fun! When not on the footplate or on his own shift he was in someone else's 'box', so that he became familiar with most of them from Swindon to Oxford.
Hardback with dust jacket, 160 pages, black & white photographs, drawings
Condition: Very good
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