A busy time

Since my last entry, I have been very busy, with yet more railway proofreading projects. My three most recent projects have all been for different companies, a small sort of victory as I aim to grow my customer base. The first of these was for a new customer, Mortons Media, who found my services via Twitter. The job in question was a copy edit of a manuscript about railway accidents in Britain, starting in 1830 with Mr William Huskisson MP’s sad demise at the hands of ‘Rocket’ and ending with the Grayrigg derailment in 2007. A very readable account and one that should appeal to a readership other than the railway community.

My second project was for Crecy Publishing and was a straightforward proofread on a quarterly publication, ‘Southern Way 48’. Previously I had worked on edition 46. These books contain a cross-section of articles about the past and present Southern Region of British Railways.

Pen & Sword continue to keep me busy, the latest project to leave my desk being a mighty work about the great locomotive engineer, Sir Nigel Gresley. This biography looked at Sir Nigel’s life and work, and also his personal background and how he came to be the LNER’s Chief Mechanical Engineer. Although many examples of his work remain for later generations, not least of which is the iconic ‘Flying Scotsman’, the book looks at , amongst other things, Sir Nigel’s interest in electric motive power, becoming the driving force at the start of the schemes that resulted in the Woodhead route and North-East London electrification projects. A great read.

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