In the new edition of Steaming to Victory, out on March 27, I had to make some cuts to accommodate new facts that had come to light since it was first published last year. It was tough to know what to trim, and sadly I had to lose the following tribute to the British Library in the acknowledgements. It is no less true for all that – and I am busy in the library at the moment writing my next book, The Trains We Have Lost!
‘Finally, I must mention the architect Colin St John Wilson, who as far as I know had no special interest in railways, although he served in the navy in the war. But his design for the British Library, nestled amid the grand termini on Euston Road, with its serene and airy ambience and committed staff, inspired me day after day as I sat in the humanities reading room there, researching and writing this book.