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In 2010 the first volume of Mike Jacob's enchanting memories of his railway childhood was published. 'MEMORIES OF ISLE OF WIGHT RAILWAYS' combined personal reminiscences with accurate factual information. This new volume continues the same theme, but at two differing periods. Firstly Mike Jacob's memories that pre-date his time on the Isle of Wight and then later, and as the title of this new book suggests, his visits to and travels on and around the Southern Region in the 1950s and early 1960s. Readers are privileged to see Hampshire railways in the 1940s, the time as a child he first saw a sailor carrying bananas at Portsmouth station - without knowing what they were: a strange machine that turned out to be the 'Leader' on a test run, and later still visits to Eastleigh and interviews with the Works Manager: which revealed some interested facets on Mr Bulleid and his engines! The story continues with equally wonderful descriptions of visits from Kent across to Cornwall. This new title is copiously illustrated with new material, a lot of which has never previously published. Just like the first volume, this is a compelling book which once started will be difficult to put down
This book examines the perceptions of European travelling writers about southern Western Australia between 1850 and 1914. Theirs was a narrow vision of space and people in the region, shaped by their individual personalities, their position in society, and the prevailing discourses and ideologies of the age. Christian, Enlightenment, and Romantic philosophies had a major influence on their responses to the land – its cultivation and conservation, and its aesthetic qualities – and on their views of both indigenous and settler colonial society – their class and assumptions of race and ethnicity. The travelling men and women perpetuated an idealised view of a colonised landscape, and a “pioneer” community that eliminated class struggle and inequality, even though an analysis of their observations suggests otherwise. Nevertheless, although limited, their narratives are invaluable as a reflection of opinions, attitudes and knowledge prevalent during an age of imperialism. Their perspectives reveal unique viewpoints that differ from those of immigrants who wrote about their hopes and fears in making a new life for themselves. These travellers were economically secure, literate and educated; foundations which provide an insight into the way power and privilege, implicit in their writings, governed the way they imagined Western Australia in the colonial and immediate post-federation period. The tinted lenses through which European travelling writers narrowly observed space and people, presented a mythical, imagined sense of southern Western Australia.
Following on the heels of Images of Rail: The Southern Railway, this volume takes a more detailed look at a historic railroad that has served the South for over 100 years and continues to serve as the Norfolk Southern Railway. Included in these pages are stories of bravery in war and ingenuity in peace. From 1942 to 1945, the 727th Railway Operating BattalionA[a¬asponsored by the Southern RailwayA[a¬aserved in North Africa and up the spine of Italy into Germany. The courageous unit received a citation from Gen. George S. Patton for its involvement in the Sicily Campaign.
Unlocked Memories is a collection of memories that were shared by Russians who witnessed the German invasion of the Leningrad region in 1941. All were young during World War Two and each lived under German rule after the Leningrad region was overrun and occupied by the enemy.

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