Railway Boy

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AuthorHouse, Jan 16, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
Rural North Yorkshire in the 1950s is the setting for Railway Boy, a heart-warming and nostalgic journey of exploration that describes a young boy's love for railways and describes the surprising lengths to which he would go in pursuit of that passion. Rich in period detail, the autobiographical novel begins with the family of author Mitchell Deaver uprooting from a small market town and moving to a village through which runs a railway line. Mitchell Deaver, eight years old, discovers a signal box (one that is unusual in that it is open to the public) and is enthralled by brightly-coloured signalling equipment and by passage of powerful steam engines, all of which is described in vivid detail in Railway Boy. Mitchell Deaver then moves on to explore the local railway line, with frequently amusing and sometimes completely unexpected results. He confronts the mystery of the vanishing railway station and the mystery of the secret signal box. When all railway avenues of exploration are exhausted, the young Mitchell Deaver turns to his own imagination. The outcome is a hilarious and unforgettable saga that is a blend of innocence and extraordinary inventiveness - a childhood adventure without precedent.
 

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PART II THE SIGNAL BOX
25
PART III EXPLORATION
71
PART IV IMAGINATION
145
PART VVILLAGE LIFE
189
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About the author (2012)

Mitchell Deaver describes as a privilege having lived in a time, the 1950s, and a place, a rural North Yorkshire community, where all railway trains were hauled by steam engines and the predominant form of signalling was mechanical. After schooling, Mitchell Deaver embarked on a long, successful and varied working life that included sales administration outside the railway industry and operating departments within the railway industry. Railways have remained a love throughout life. Mitchell Deaver took an active role on behalf of railway enthusiasts after steam engines were withdrawn from British Railways in 1968. He contributes to the study of railway signalling, particularly from an international perspective. Now retired, Mitchell Deaver lives with his wife in a delightful stone cottage in rural Pennsylvania, United States. He is kept fully occupied in retirement with walking, cycling, gardening and building an extensive "00" gauge model railway inspired by the line he knew well in North Yorkshire.

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