Ken Hoole

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Ken Hoole
Born 1916
Died 1988 (aged 71–72)
Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Ken Hoole (1916-1988) was a historian known for his works on the railways of the north east of England.

The Ken Hoole Study Centre at the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, and the Ken Hoole Trust are named after him.

Biography[edit]

Ken Hoole was born in Doncaster in 1916. A railway interest was kindled by daily journeys by train to school in Kingston upon Hull from his home in Bridlington, Yorkshire.[1][2] He served in radio security during the Second World War. In civilian life his interest led to him becoming a full time writer on railway history, eventually authoring over 40 books.[3]

He was a founder of the North Eastern Railway Association (NERA),[1] and of the Scarborough Railway Society.[4] Latterly, Hoole lived at Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He died on 27 December 1988.[5]

Works and legacy[edit]

Ken Hoole published over forty books as well as numerous magazine articles.[6]

The study centre, The Ken Hoole Study Centre, opened 1992, at the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum (now Head of Steam museum) in Darlington, inheriting its core collection from a bequethal from Ken Hoole's archive, as well as including the library of the NERA.[6][7] The Ken Hoole trust, established in his memory, helps fund projects relating to railway history and heritage.[8]

Published works[edit]

In addition to his own works, he also wrote forewords for, corrected and updated reprints of several historic works including William Weaver Tomlinson's 'North Eastern Railway', G.G. MacTurk's 'A history of the Hull railways', and George David Parker's 'The Hull and Barnsley Railway'. He also edited the two volume 'The Hull and Barnsley Railway' (1972).

  • Ken Hoole (1965), A regional history of the railways of Great Britain. Vol 4, The North East (1 ed.), David and Charles , 2nd edition 1974, 3rd edition 1986
  • Ken Hoole (1965), The North-Eastern Atlantics, Roundhouse Books 
  • Ken Hoole (1965), North East England (1 ed.), David and Charles, Macdonald and Co , 3 editions, 2nd 1968, 3rd 1973
  • Ken Hoole (1967), North Road locomotive works, Darlington, 1863-1966, Roundhouse Books 
  • Ken Hoole (1969), Railway history in pictures : north-east England., David and Charles 
  • Ken Hoole (1969), North Eastern Railway buses, lorries &autocars, Midd Valley Narrow Gauge Railways Ltd 
  • Ken Hoole (1969), North Eastern Railway: diagrams of snow ploughs, Nidd Valley Narrow Gauge Railways Ltd for the North Eastern Railway Association, ISBN 095002953X 
  • Ken Hoole (1969), North Eastern Railway locomotive stock as at 31.12.20, Nidd Valley Narrow Gauge Railways 
  • Ken Hoole (1971), Railways in Cleveland, Dalesman, ISBN 0852061315 
  • Ken Hoole (1972), North Eastern locomotive sheds, David and Charles, ISBN 0715353233 
  • Ken Hoole (1973), The Stainmore railway, Dalesman, ISBN 0852062028 
  • Ken Hoole (1973), Forgotten Railways: North East England, David and Charles, ISBN 0715358944 
  • Ken Hoole (1974), North Eastern album, Allan, ISBN 071100563X 
  • Ken Hoole (1975), Railways in the Yorkshire Dales, Dalesman, ISBN 0852062931 
  • Ken Hoole (1975), The Stockton and Darlington Railway, David and Charles, ISBN 0715367706 
  • R.A. Cook; Ken Hoole (1975), North Eastern Railway historical maps, Railway and Canal Historical Society, ISBN 0901461105 
  • Ken Hoole (1976), The railways of York, Dalesman, ISBN 0852063377 
  • Ken Hoole (1976), Railways in Yorkshire. 2, East Riding, Dalesman, ISBN 0852063563 
  • Ken Hoole (1977), Railways in Yorkshire. 3, North Riding, Dalesman, ISBN 0852064187 
  • Ken Hoole (1977), The Story of North Road Station Railway Museum, Darlington, North Road Station Railway Museum 
  • Ken Hoole (1977), Railways in Yorkshire : a pictorial history, Dalesman 
  • Ken Hoole (1977), The East Coast main line since 1925, Ian Allan, ISBN 0711007802 
  • Ken Hoole (1978), North Eastern branch lines since 1925, I. Allan, ISBN 0711008299 
  • Ken Hoole (1978), North Eastern stations : a photographic recollection, Dalesman, ISBN 0852064640 
  • Ken Hoole (1978), Railways in the North Eastern landscape, Branch Line, ISBN 0855270756 
  • Ken Hoole (1979), Branch line trains in the North-East : a pictorial survey, Dalesman, ISBN 0852065108 
  • Ken Hoole (1979), Branch line trains in the North-East : a pictorial survey, Dalesman, ISBN 0852065108 
  • Ken Hoole (1979), The 4-4-0 classes of the North Eastern Railway, I Allan, ISBN 071100921X 
  • Ken Hoole (1979), The North East Railway book, David and Charles, ISBN 0715376837 
  • Ken Hoole (1981), The Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway, Nelson, ISBN 0860670651 
  • Ken Hoole (1982), Trains in Trouble: Vol. 3, Redruth: Atlantic Books, ISBN 0-906899-05-2 
  • Ken Hoole (1983), Trains in Trouble: Vol. 4, Truro: Atlantic Books, ISBN 0-906899-07-9 
  • Ken Hoole (1982), Railways of Teesside a pictorial history, Dalesman, ISBN 085206683X 
  • Ken Hoole (1983), Railways of Tyneside a pictorial history, Dalesman, ISBN 0852067550 
  • Ken Hoole (1983), Railways of the North York Moors : a pictorial history, Dalesman, ISBN 0852067313 
  • Ken Hoole (1983), Rail centres, York, Ian Allan, ISBN 0711013209 
  • Ken Hoole (1984), North-Eastern branch lines (past and present), Oxford Publishing Company, ISBN 0860931897 
  • Ken Hoole (1985), North-eastern branch line termini, Oxford Publishing, ISBN 0860932192 
  • Ken Hoole (1985), Railways in the Yorkshire Dales : a pictorial history, Dalesman, ISBN 0852068263 
  • Ken Hoole (1985), Railways of East Durham : a pictorial history, Dalesman 
  • Ken Hoole (1985), Railway stations of the North East, David and Charles, ISBN 0715385275 
  • Ken Hoole (1985), Railway stations of the North East, David and Charles, ISBN 0715385275 
  • Ken Hoole (1986), Rail centres : Newcastle, Ian Allan, ISBN 1901945189 
  • Ken Hoole (1987), The North Eastern electrics : the history of the Tyneside electric passenger services (1904-1967), Oakwood Press, ISBN 0853613583 
  • Ken Hoole (1988), The electric locomotives of the North Eastern Railway, Oakwood Press, ISBN 0853613672 
  • Ken Hoole (1988), An illustrated history of North Eastern Railway locomotives, Haynes, ISBN 0860933237 
  • Ken Hoole (1993), The Illustrated History of East Coast Joint Stock, ISBN 0860934306 
As co-author
  • Boddy, M. G.; Brown, W. A.; Fry, E. V.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Manners, F.; Neve, E.; Platt, E. N. T.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W. B. (March 1975), Fry, E. V., ed., Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., Part 2B: Tender Engines—Classes B1 to B19, Lincoln: RCTS, ISBN 0-901115-73-8 
  • Boddy, M. G.; Brown, W. A.; Fry, E. V.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Manners, F.; Neve, E.; Platt, E. N. T.; Russell, O.; Yeadon, W. B. (November 1979), Fry, E. V., ed., Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., Part 3A: Tender Engines—Classes C1 to C11, Kenilworth: RCTS, ISBN 0-901115-45-2 
  • Fry, E.V.; Hoole, Ken; Manners, F.; Neve, E.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W.B. (August 1981), Fry, E.V., ed., Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 3C: Tender Engines - Classes D13 to D24, Kenilworth: RCTS, ISBN 0-901115-52-5 
  • Boddy, M. G.; Brown, W. A.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Neve, E.; Yeadon, W. B. (September 1984), Fry, E. V., ed., Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., Part 6C: Tender Engines—Classes Q1 to Y10, Kenilworth: RCTS, ISBN 0-901115-55-X 
  • Boddy, M. G.; Brown, W. A.; Fry, E. V.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Manners, F.; Neve, E.; Platt, E. N. T.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W. B. (March 1977), Fry, E. V., ed., Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., Part 9A: Tank Engines—Classes L1 to N19, Kenilworth: RCTS, ISBN 0-901115-40-1 
  • Boddy, M. G.; Brown, W. A.; Fry, E. V.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Manners, F.; Neve, E.; Platt, E. N. T.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W. B. (June 1977), Fry, E. V., ed., Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., Part 9B: Tank Engines—Classes Q1 to Z5, Kenilworth: RCTS, ISBN 0-901115-41-X 
  • Boddy, M.G.; Fry, E.V.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Yeadon, W.B. (November 1988), Fry, E.V., ed., Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 10A: Departmental Stock, Locomotive Sheds, Boiler and Tender Numbering, Lincoln: RCTS, ISBN 0-901115-65-7 
  • Boddy, M.G.; Fry, E.V.; Hennigan, W.; Hoole, Ken; Mallaband, Peter; Neve, E.; Price, J.H.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W.B. (April 1990), Fry, E.V., ed., Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 10B: Railcars and Electric Stock, Lincoln: RCTS, ISBN 0-901115-66-5 

See also[edit]

  • Willie Yeadon, railway historian known for accounts of LNER locomotives

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Foster, Colin, "Our Collections - Ken Hoole collection", www.darlington.gov.uk, Who was Ken Hoole? 
  2. ^ "Ken Hoole: historian of North Eastern Railway", www.steamindex.com 
  3. ^ Foster, Colin, "Who was Ken Hoole?", www.darlington.gov.uk 
  4. ^ "Society History", www.scarboroughrailwaysociety.org.uk 
  5. ^ Earnshaw, Alan (1989). Trains in Trouble: Vol. 5. Penryn: Atlantic Books. p. 2. ISBN 0-906899-35-4. 
  6. ^ a b "The Ken Hoole Study Centre", www.communigate.co.uk 
  7. ^ "About Head of Steam", www.darlington.gov.uk 
  8. ^ Sources: