STEAM, SOOT AND RUST: The Last Days of British Steam


STEAM, SOOT AND RUST: The Last Days of British Steam

COLIN GARRATT    Book Number: 84824    Product format: Hardback

The popular train spotter and historian Colin Garratt during the mid-1950s spent a year working at Leicester Midland Motive Power Depot and by the time he was 18 had travelled extensively throughout Britain in his quest to see the rich diversity of Britain's steam railways. He turned to photography to document as much as he could and turned professional in 1969. The disappearance of the steam locomotive has touched the hearts of millions. In 1955 the government announced the Modernisation Plan for Britain's railways under which steam was to be phased out in favour of diesel and electric traction. By 1968 steam traction had disappeared from Britain's mainline trains and this book chronicles those last few years as scrapyards all over Britain went into overtime cutting up thousands of locomotives. The engines which remained in service were a shadow of their former selves - filthy, wheezing and clanking their way to an ignominious end. They survived in collieries, ironstone mines, power stations, shipyards, sugar factories, paper mills and docks and in such environments steam engines eked out a further decade. Printed on glossy black paper, these colour photographs by the expert Garratt have been hand picked and have brief captions taking us from those scrapyards, across glorious countryside, to see crew members, level crossings and detailed close up shots of a tapestry of rods which provide both movement and fascination. Approximately 250 colour photos, 174pp.
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