I would like to add a few words regarding my book ‘Signals: A Railway Miscellany‘, which was my first published work. The book is made up of a collection of essays about railway-related subjects, the geographical location being the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
What are the topics covered? They include railway lines still in use as part of the present-day network, such as from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey and from Bedford to Bletchley, both lines that have had their moments of trouble during the last half-century or so, but both of which have survived and can look forward to a brighter future. Other lines featured within the book have, sadly, fallen victim to road competition, examples including the railways that ran between Newport Pagnell and Wolverton, and Watford to Rickmansworth. On a more positive note, both these routes have become public footpaths, easily accessible to all, along which many reminders of their former use remain.
During the same period of time, the cut-backs on the domestic railway system have given rise to the railway preservation movement, a mighty collection of different organisations that spread the length and breadth of Britain. Within ‘Signals‘, a number of these sites are analysed, including the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton and the Leighton Buzzard Narrow-Gauge Railway, a charming line in its own right.
Copies of the book are available via the jacett.co.uk website and by contacting myself, Murray Eckett, on firstname.lastname@example.org