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James Harrold Collection
It all started before the last war when a small boy would go with his father on a Saturday afternoon to buy the latest issue of 'Railway Wonders of the World' (edited by Clarence Winchester) at 7d per issue and he still has those two red-
Then came boarding school and wartime journeys much relieved, north of Oxford, by playing fields bordering the OWW and LNW lines with the Woodstock Donkey and Super Ds wheezing up towards Bletchley. National Service (1949-
The catalyst was probably the book 'The Fascination of Railways' by Canon Roger Lloyd of Winchester who wrote (1951) "I have never met a lover of railways who felt the slightest need to produce any moral justification for his pleasure. Why would he? If he did, his pleasure would at once be heavily qualified". He goes on to show the frequent connection between railways and the Church and it was through church bellringing in my early twenties that I made a friend who introduced me to visiting branch lines, rail towns, and generally, as Canon Lloyd put it, "station sauntering".
An inexpensive Kodak folding camera, itinerary, Thermos flask, sandwiches and note book and the foundation of a hobby going back over fiftyyears was well and truly laid.
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