Life on the Lickey 1943-1986

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For more than four decades Pat Wallace worked the Bromsgrove line, well known for the steep Lickey incline and the locomotives which helped the heavy trains to struggle up the bank. In particular the unique Derby built 0-10-0 banking engine 'Big Bertha'. Pat following the normal pattern of progress as a railway crew man, starting as a cleaner, before moving on to fireman and driver. Luckily for the modern day enthusiast he kept careful records of his career and a daily diary of his experiences which have all formed the basis for this finely crafted and affectionate look at 'Life on the Lickey'. Sadly Pat passed away within a few months of the publication of this book. however, he was able to enjoy the pleasure of holding his creation in his hand and also the widespread acclaim for his masterpiece during the last few months of his life. An absolute must for railway enthusiasts who want to relive the experiences of days goneby on the railway through the eyes of the men that actually worked it.

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