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Crewe. What thoughts this name conjures up in the enthusiast mind: Oh Mr Porter what can I do, I wanted to go to Birmingham and they took me on to Crewe. Alan Bakers associations with this railway Mecca go back well into childhood days. He lived in Newcastle-under-Lyme and his Dad used to take him there on Saturday mornings, by train of course, from his local station at Etruria, for a mornings train spotting. He bought him his first Ian Allan ABC at the bookstall on the old Platform 5, the 1955 56 Winter Edition for the London Midland Region, and he has it still. The life and times of a railwayman at Crewe explained and illustrated in exquisite detail.
Open up the layers of this chocolate box and you might even have George Lazonby leaving his Milk Tray for you. Not only chocolates on offer but the Bournville railway story and a fascinating tale it is too.