- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-0-7190-6567-5
- Pages: 332
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Price: £19.99
- Published Date: July 2014
- BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Social classes, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Social & cultural history, European history, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, History, United Kingdom, Great Britain
- Series: Studies in Popular Culture
Now available in paperback, this is the first academic book to study railway enthusiasts in Britain. Far from a trivial topic, the post-war train spotting craze swept most boys and some girls into a passion for railways, and for many, ignited a lifetime's interest.
British railway enthusiasm traces this post-war cohort, and those which followed, as they invigorated different sectors in the world of railway enthusiasm - train spotting, railway modelling, collecting railway relics - and then, in response to the demise of main line steam traction, Britain's now-huge preserved railway industry. Today this industry finds itself riven by tensions between preserving a loved past which ever fewer people can remember and earning money from tourist visitors.
The widespread and enduring significance of railway enthusiasm will ensure that this groundbreaking text remains a key work in transport studies, and will appeal to enthusiasts as much as to students and scholars of transport and cultural history.
1. Introduction: The railway enthusiast's life-world
2. The railway book (and magazine) mania
3. Associated life
4. Train spotter: the last pariah
5. Preserved lines: playing trains or running a business?
6. Blood on the tracks
7. Modelling and engineering
8. The rise and fall of the toy train empire
9. Standards, schism and skill: exclusive brethren
10. A dying fall?
Ian Carter is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland