By Geoff M Plumb

ISBN-10: 1473823935

ISBN-13: 9781473823938

After the second one battle, Britains railways have been rundown and tired, requiring significant funding and modernisation. the massive 4 railway businesses have been nationalised from 1948, and the newly shaped British Railways launched into a programme of establishing new general steam locomotives to interchange older forms. those began to come on flow from 1951.

This programme used to be outmoded through the 1955 scheme to dieselise and electrify many traces and so the final loco of the traditional kinds used to be in-built 1960 and the steam locomotives have been swept totally from the BR community via 1968.

This sequence of books, 'The Geoff Plumb Collection', is a photographic account of these previous couple of years of the steam locomotives, their decline and alternative in the course of the transition years. every one booklet covers one of many former mammoth 4, the Southern Railway, London Midland & Scottish Railway, nice Western Railway and London & North jap Railway, together with a few photos of the Scottish traces of the LMS and LNER.

The books usually are not meant to exhibit an entire heritage of the railways yet to demonstrate how issues have been, to a definite volume, within the particularly contemporary earlier and impart a few info via finished captions, which provide a feeling of celebration frequently a final run of a locomotive sort or over a stretch of line approximately to be closed down.

The photographs conceal huge elements of the rustic, even though it used to be most unlikely to get in all places given the general timetable of quite a few years quite often whilst the writer used to be nonetheless a schoolboy with restricted time and disposable source of revenue to get around.

Pictures are of the best quality that may be produced with the apparatus then to be had, yet they do mirror genuine lifestyles and genuine occasions. basically, a glance at a interval no longer see you later in the past yet now long past forever.

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