Add a review of "Yellow Trains"
authorAlex Chan <alex@alexwlchan.net>
Sat, 18 Apr 2020 21:14:02 +0000 (22:14 +0100)
committerAlex Chan <alex@alexwlchan.net>
Sat, 18 Apr 2020 21:14:02 +0000 (22:14 +0100)
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+book:
+  author: Andrew Royle
+  cover_image: yellow-trains.png
+  isbn13: '9781910809587'
+  publication_year: '2019'
+  title: Yellow Trains
+review:
+  date_read: 2020-04-18
+  format: hardback
+  rating: 4
+---
+
+This is a book about the fleet of measuring and testing trains that are used across the British rail network.
+It's an account of the author's work on the trains, rather than a comprehensive technical guide.
+
+The book assumes a fair amount of technical knowledge: terms like "DMU", "line speed" and "possession" are thrown around without explanation, expecting the reader to know them already.
+It's written by a train nerd for fellow train nerds.
+(A term used with affection, ofc.)
+
+It's imbued with character, and that's what made me warm to it.
+On the same page, you might read about a special laser, an incident where it went wrong, and a white-knuckle taxi ride at the end of the day.
+The book is full of stories and personal anecdotes, which I find much easier to read than cold technical facts.
+
+The photography is excellent, and includes lots of views that I don't get as a passenger.
+Interesting stations, unusual (or no longer extant) backdrops, and a collection of trains that I don't normally get to see.
+
+The writing isn't stellar, and I knocked a star off for that.
+The stories and photographs more than make up for it, and I'd definitely recommend it to another train nerd.
+I had fun reading it, and I'm sure I'll re-read it again at some point.