The District Controller's View - The Severn Valley, by W.S. P. Webb, subtitled 'Train and Traffic Operations over the Severn Valley and associated branches during the 1950's - including Working Timetable (Passenger & Goods) and Engine Workings (including allocations and Shed Movements) 1950-1960'
Published by Xpress, 64 pages. Large A4 size softback (N5076OS)
From the rear side cover: there can be very few Railway enthusiasts who are unfamiliar with the Severn Valley Railway. One of the leading preserved lines, it operates a regular service of trains - steam and diesel - between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth in an enactment of rail travel as it was a generation and more ago. But what was the Serven Valley like when it was just one of many workaday steam routes bequeathed to British Railways by the Great Western RailwaY?
The answer is in this book which takes the reader back to the Severn Valley as it was in 1955, long before there was any question of closure - showing in the greatest possible detail the trains, the working timetables, locomotive workings (including the GWR diesel railcars that were very much a speciality of the Severn Valley) and allocations together with an hourly running commentary on a typical 1955 day on the line.
The book includes the Kidderminster-Bridgnorth-Shrewsbury, Hartlebury -Bewdley, Bewdley-Woofferton, and Wellington-Buildwas-Much Wenlock branches
About the publishers: Xpress Publishing should not be confused with its contemporaries. None of our text is written second hand nor do we produce books that have been culled and paraphrased from earlier books. Our books are written by Railwaymen who did what they are writing about - assisted by the fact thatduring our careers none of us threw away a timetable, engine or carriage working!
There are two fundamental that underpin our editorial policy - firstly all matter must be written by writers who were permenantly engaged in British Rail railway operations prior to the Beeching era, and secondly the book must be original content and completely independent of anything written on the subject elsewhere.
The condition of the book is generally ok. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. However, the book has considerable spine roll along the left hand edge, and their is undulations and waving to the inside pages throughout (from where the book has become mishapen whilst stored). There is also a small price sticker on the rear side cover.