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BRITISH RAILWAYS IN THE 1960s: Southern Region
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The Big Four railway companies were nationalised in 1948, and the newly formed British Railways embarked on a programme of building new 'Standard' steam locomotives to replace older types from 1951. The programme was superseded by the 1955 scheme to dieselise and electrify many lines. This special book is a photographic account of those last few years of the steam locomotives, their decline and replacement, and this volume covers the Southern Railway. The author was brought up in Sheffield and his father Derek was also an avid railway enthusiast. The vast majority of these spectacular full page colour and black and white photographs in this book are the author's own work and older shots from his collection, the majority taken along the lines from Waterloo to Bournemouth, as this became the last mainstay of steam workings. The lines in Kent had succumbed to electrification by the early 1960s and the author recalls seeing many displaced locos from this area stored prior to scrapping. With extended captions, this is an extraordinary glimpse of some spectacular examples like the LSWR Adams T3 class 4-4-O No. 563, preserved in Drummond's 1903 livery, sitting in lovely sunshine at Brighton shed, or the rebuilt Bulleid 'Merchant Navy' Class 4-6-2, an altogether more muscular locomotive. Over 120 photos covering large parts of the country. 168pp.

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