Best Book Publishers UK | Austin Macauley Publishers

By: Arthur Thomas


Pages: 152 Ratings: 5.0
Book Format: Choose an option

*Available directly from our distributors, click the Available On tab below

As a rural patrol officer in the Ndola district of Northern Rhodesia, Inspector Tom Savage was responsible for a vast area encompassing tribal trust lands, small holdings, farms near the Copperbelt towns, and the railway line extending as far south as Lusaka. With the railway’s main north-south route being crucial, maintaining tight security for the trains was imperative.At the close of the school holidays, a train scheduled to transport hundreds of children back to their schools in Rhodesia and South Africa became a prime target for sabotage. To enhance track security, Rhodesian Railways introduced a small motorized rail trolley. Tom’s team was assigned to inaugurate this unit and conduct thorough checks along the railway line. Their mission was to travel about fifteen minutes ahead of the main locomotive, ready to address any issues they might encounter.Meanwhile, the militant group Mpepo kwa Nkondo (Winds of War) had identified the train’s vulnerability at a remote bridge over the deep Kafulafuta River. With a high embankment at this location, they plotted a derailment. The activists were well-prepared, equipped with tools for track sabotage: a socket and crossbar assembly to loosen the coach screws, spanners for the fishplate bolts, a hammer, and rail tongs. Their plan was chilling – derail the train at the embankment’s peak, sending it plummeting into the crocodile and hippo-infested depths of the river below.

Arthur Thomas played rugby for New Brighton. He served with the Royal Marines 45 Commando for two years of national service and joined the Northern Rhodesia Colonial Police.

Customer Reviews
1 reviews
1 reviews
  • Hilmar

    Having known Arthur Thomas for around 55 years and having lived in Ndola, Northern Rhodesia as a child, I can relate much to this story. Arthur has a gift for writing, his early childhood in Wales gives us a glimpse of what life was like at that time and growing up during the war. Coming out as a volunteer around the late 1950’s to join the British Colonial Police in Northern Rhodesia as an Assistant Inspector, Arthur soon rose to a Senior Inspector. The consequent troubles the country experienced during it’s bid for independence at that time was an all too familiar scene in most of Africa during the latter half of the 20th Century. Arthur writes with a dry sense of humour, in many cases basing his book on fact. It is a delightful book, hilarious at times, poignant in others, one that I could not put down.

Write a Review
Your post will be reviewed and published soon. Multiple reviews on one book from the same IP address will be deleted.

We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience and for marketing purposes.
By clicking any link on this page you are giving your consent for us to set cookies