How I loved this book! My father worked on the railways as a very young man, as did his father and great grandfather. Our family holidays as children were spent at preserved railways so I have a family interest.We don’t really think much about the Home Front during WW2 other than to think of plucky Londoners enduring the Blitz, evacuees and rationing but this book really brings home of what the railways, the management and more importantly the employees did throughout WW2 to keep the war machjne running.
There is an anecdote about a Driver seeing his house being bombed with all his family in it, being forced to carry on with his job and his fireman catching a glimpse of his dirty face riddled with tears as he lit a cigarette that had me in tears – and now even as I write.
Read it and weep for what was and how the railways were never recompensed for their supreme effort