It is no exaggeration to say that Jonathan Glancey's passion and enthusiasm for railways, architecture and engineering has taken him all over the globe. From London's bustling termini, to railways in South Africa, India and Eastern Europe, Jonathan's tales from across the world of rail encompass many of the bucket list rail journeys and experiences that define the ambitions of a railfan.
Having previously held the post of Architecture and Design Editor at The Guardian and The Independent as well as appearing numerous radio and television shows, such as Channel 5's Ian Hislop's Trains that Changed the World, it was a great privilege for us to talk to Jonathan about his experiences for the latest episode of the We Are Railfans Podcast.
You can listen to the episode here:
Or via a number of outlets here: https://pod.fo/e/f6bf0 Jonathan recalls his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride in the cab of a Coronation Class locomotive which had inspired him from the cover of his Ian Allen spotter's guide. 4-6-2 Coronation Class locomotive 'Duchess of Hamilton' now resides at the National Railway Museum in York. Photo by Joe Rogers.
Earlier in the year, for RailfanFest, Joe spoke to Ian Logan about the amazing railroading book Logomotive, which was co-authored by Jonathan Glancey. During his chat with podcast host Sam, we got Jonathan's perspective on the history of design for some of the United States' railroad companies and the temptation to go back in time to relive the golden era of railroads there.
You can find out more about Logomotive, which is available in the UK and USA as well as Jonathan's other works over on the Sheldrake Press website: https://www.sheldrakepress.co.uk/product/logomotive/
You can also find our previous chat with Ian Logan over on YouTube:
With the assistance of some up-close photographs and info from an Australian railfan, we give an overview of Aurizon's 5000 Class locomotive.
Moving from Stations to Locomotives, Allen Jackson describes the GWR's 4-6-0 'Manors'.