Of the countless books on railway subjects that have appeared over the years, only a few have explored the subject from the point of view of a working railwayman. Sutton Scotney – Life at a Country Station fits neatly into this category, being based on the author’s numerous interviews with former railway staff who worked at Sutton Scotney station.
This is not a book of facts and figures, but an accurate representation of a typical day in the life of a country station. The duties of the staff are described, together with the various characters who inhabited the station and how they dealt with mundane events as well as the more unusual ones. In particular, we follow the career of one man, Ernie Penny, who served at Sutton Scotney from 1947 to 1964.