Joining the railways from his grammar school in Yorkshire during the early years of World War 2, Stan Hall had a career in the railways that spanned five decades and saw an industry completely revolutionised. Rising from the booking office at Keighley to become ultimately the senior officer in charge of signalling and safety in the Operations Department at the British Railways Board, his career saw him involved in the operation of the railway industry at the sharp end over much of the railway network. From the West Riding of Yorkshire he worked in the northeast of England, the East Midlands, Staffordshire and in London where he was Deputy Station Master at King's Cross. During this period he was to rise rapidly through the ranks of railway management and saw many of the changes wrought during the period - such as Nationalisation, the Modernisation Plan and the Beeching Report - from the inside. In retirement, Stan Hall carved himself a new career as a railway writer and author, writing such best-selling titles as Danger Signals, Danger on the Line, Hidden Dangers and Beyond Hidden Dangers. As a noted expert on the subject of railway safety, he has been involved as witness in public enquiries and court cases as well as being a regular pundit on the subject for the media. In A Railwayman's Odyssey he narrates his often eventful career in the railway industry from its early days in the West Riding through to the end of steam in 1968 and his move to Birmingham as Divisional Operating Superintendent for the West Midlands in 1970. Fully illustrated throughout, the book is an evocative exploration of a railwayman's career during an era of transition. As such it will be of interest to all those fascinated by the railways of the wartime years and after; there are few writers better qualified to write about the period than Stan Hall and the book is an excellent evocation of this long-lost period in railway history.