Victory of the Daleks/Time of Angels

I am a big Dr Who fan & Lately I’ve been enjoying the reruns of the Latest series of Dr Who, starring Matt Smith & Karen Gillan. One of the The latest episodes I’ve seen follows The Doctor & Amy back to World War II to meet Winston Churchill, who is very excited about having a new secret weapon which could help him win the war. However The Doctor is horrified to discover that this new secret weapon is in fact a Dalek, masquerading as a human created weapon

It turns out that it is part of a devious plan by the Daleks, who have managed to locate one of the last remaining “Progenitor Devices,” which will enable them to create a whole new race of Daleks, and it has been programmed to start upon hearing the Doctor’s voice. So they trick the Doctor into declaring them to be Daleks, this starts up the Progenitor Device and within moments they are in big trouble….

The Time of Angels/ Flesh & Stone

My favourite Doctor Who episodes are the ones which are Creepy dark, and atmospheric. This two-part episode fits the bill perfectly. It starts off when The Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy (Karen Gillan) rescue River Song (Alex Kingston) from a stricken spaceship, carrying a Weeping Angel, the ship then crash lands on a planet. So they go to get help, but the trouble is that the only way to reach help is to go through a maze of creepy catacombs, which they discover to their horror, all happen to be inhabited by more Weeping Angels…

Last Days of Steam on the LMS & BR by Roderick E Fowkes

This is another fascinating steam related book I have been reading again recently. It is a nostalgic look at Britain’s Railways through the eyes of a chap whose boyhood dream it was to become an Engine Driver, but who was sadly denied his dream due to medical reasons.

In the book he reminisces about his experiences of growing up with steam, getting his first job on the railway as a junior Porter and gradually working his way up until he becomes part of the senior management at the station nineteen years later, and goes right up to the point where steam is phased out in the 1960’s to make way for the then-government’s rather hastily thought out and executed plan of Modernisation & Dieselisation on Britain’s railways.

Along Lost Lines by Paul Atterbury

Ive recently started reading This  Nostalgic and fascinating book again, which  looks at the heritage of lost railway lines in Britain and features some wonderful archive photography to illustrate the way things used to be aswell as using accounts from those who worked on the railways at the time and photos of how the area looks now.

The book is divided into these chapters Southern England, Wales, Central England, East Anglia, Northern England & Scotland. Each chapter looks at subjects such as Lost Routes, Lost Stations, Railway Works, Tunnels Bridges & Viaducts, Signalling, Lost liveries, Excursions, Engine Sheds, Repairs, lost Narrow Gauge Railways, Nameplates & Goods, on each of the railways. The books also looks at the reasons why the closures were made and what became of the various structures afterwards