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ISBN: 9780857042613
AUTHOR: Mike & Karl Heath
Yorkshire Heritage Steam Railways
Yorkshire Heritage Steam Railways
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Yorkshire has, within its border, vast areas of unspoilt countryside said to be the greenest in England. Yet this historic county was also at the heart of the Industrial Revolution with its extensive coalfields, textile mills and steel foundries.

The demands of these industries saw the rapid growth of railways to provide links from the coalfields, and access to their markets to the north and south of the country and overseas via the ports on the east and west coasts.

This intense railway development also led to the county becoming a major centre for locomotive construction. The subsequent demise of these industries and the associated closure of sections of the railway network cleared the landscape of much of the industrial skyline of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

However the Heritage movement generally and railway enthusiasts in particular have ensured that not all is lost. Thanks to their efforts Yorkshire now has some of the best steam and heritage railways in the country.

From their stunning portfolios Mike and Karl Heath take us on a photographic journey around the county. They visit the world’s oldest working railway, the Middleton Railway in Hunslet, Leeds. Take a journey through the Yorkshire Dales along the idyllic rural line of the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Travel back in time to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, a complete branch line, set in the 1950s and the first standard gauge railway sold by British Rail to a preservation society. Explore the bleak expanse of heathercarpeted moorland on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway before climbing the steeply graded Settle to Carlisle Railway line through Settle and onto the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct.

This book provides ample evidence of great days out available for families and enthusiasts alike on the Heritage Railways of Yorkshire.

Mike Heath has been enjoying his hobby of visiting and photographing Heritage Railways up and down the country since purchasing his first SLR camera in 1980. For many years these were family trips with his wife Shirley and sons Darren and Karl, so it is no surprise that, from a very early age, his sons too caught the photography bug. In fact both sons won prizes in Amateur Photographer of the Year competitions before the age of ten! Whilst his older son Darren has moved on to a much wider range of photography, Karl has developed his interest in railways to the point that whilst he still accompanies his Dad at many railway events, he also travels independently across the country in search of that master shot! His photographs regularly appear in the railway press.

Together Mike and Karl have amassed a vast collection of stunning photographs covering all aspects of the railways across all four seasons, day and night. Selections from Mike’s portfolio have already been seen in previous books in the Halsgrove Railway Series but for this look at the Heritage Railways of Yorkshire they have worked together to produce a fascinating album.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 261 3, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published April 2016.

South West Heritage Steam RailwaysSouth West Heritage Steam Railways - £14.99
Adrian Harris takes us on a photographic journey along each of the featured lines to reveal how well those enthusiasts succeeded in their quest to provide that golden age of steam experience once more – providing echoes of an era long gone but definitely not forgotten. Featuring over 100 spectacular and evocative images, this book will be both the perfect inspiration for a visit to the railways and the ideal memento of your journeys on some of the greatest lines amidst some of the most superb scenery in Britain.
Keighley & Worth Valley RailwayKeighley & Worth Valley Railway - £12.99
Mike Heath has been visiting and photographing the railway for over twenty years recording all aspects of the line, day and night, across all four seasons. Here in his first book, he takes us on a photographic journey along the route highlighting the diversity of the landscape through which it passes, the effect that the changing seasons and weather have on it, and the various events that the railway holds, capturing the Worth Valley experience enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.
Spirit of The Isle of Wight Steam RailwaySpirit of The Isle of Wight Steam Railway - £4.99
From his collection of stunning images Mike Heath presents this photographic excursion along the line which, with many of the society’s locomotives and all of its carriages having spent much of their working lives on the island, is truly a journey back in time.
GWR Didcot By NightGWR Didcot By Night - £14.99
In this unique album photographer Mike Heath presents a collection of more than 140 images from his stunning portfolio of atmospheric night time scenes taken over a number of years depicting the real steam atmosphere generated by the only surviving original Great Western engine shed at work.
Spirit of the Keighley & Worth Valley RailwaySpirit of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway - £4.99
In this pocket size album Mike Heath takes us on a photographic journey along the route which starts alongside the BR station at Keighley and climbs through the diverse West Yorkshire landscape to the line’s terminus at Oxenhope, highlighting the magnificent Bronte countryside.
Spirit of the Welshpool & Llanfair RailwaySpirit of the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway - £4.99
The railway’s steam locomotive collection now embraces examples from three continents. Thus but with the retention, in working order, of the W & L’s two original locomotives and some of the goods stock together with the original passenger vehicles, the traditional Welsh rural railway experience is still maintained. All this is captured in this pocket sized album from Mike Heath which shows why this gem of a railway is well worth a visit.
Spirit of the East Lancashire RailwaySpirit of the East Lancashire Railway - £4.99
In his latest, pocket size, album Mike Heath and his son Karl have sought to show the reasons for the East Lancashire's success and introduce those unfamiliar with the area to the wonderfully varied landscape that surrounds it.
Spirit of the North Yorkshire Moors RailwaySpirit of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway - £4.99
Mike Heath has been visiting and photographing the railway for over fifteen years and here through more than 60 new photographs in a handy pocket-sized format, he captures the true spirit of the line, taking us on a photographic journey along the route and highlighting the reasons why the railway can rightly boast to being the most popular heritage line in the country.
The Welshpool & Llanfair RailwayThe Welshpool & Llanfair Railway - £14.99
For nearly ten years Mike Heath has been visiting the line and the beautifully landscaped mid-Wales countryside through which it passes In this photographic journey he has sought to show why this line, which is often missed by travellers heading for more well known destinations, is well worthy of a day out all to itself!
The Llangollen RailwayThe Llangollen Railway - £12.99
Not surprisingly the line is the most popular tourist attraction in the area, and this album by Mike Heath provides a personal photographic journey along its length, starting at Llangollen and looking at each of the stations as we travel towards the present terminus at Carrog.
Moods of YorkshireMoods of Yorkshire - £14.99
Yorkshire is hard to pin down, and as this new book by renowned Hebden Bridge photographer John Morrison shows, there are many ‘Yorkshires’. All these are captured by his sensitive, enquiring camera, in a stunning book which every lover of the county will want to own.
Embsay & Bolton Abbey RailwayEmbsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - £14.99
In this book, with a selection from his portfolio of superb photographs, Mike Heath introduces us to the line, its historic locomotives and rolling stock, the stunning Dales’ landscape through which it passes and the many events and attractions held on and around the railway that combine to create an atmosphere of the rural branch line enjoyed by thousands of families and enthusiasts all year round.
Perfect New ForestPerfect New Forest - £14.99
Showing everything from broad vistas right down to tiny details, this book by Mike Read celebrates the uniqueness of a magical blend of bogs, heaths and woodlands. This is truly The Perfect New Forest.
East Lancashire Railway by NightEast Lancashire Railway by Night - £14.99
Mike Heath's stunning portfolio of atmospheric night time scenes featuring many of Britain’s most famous preserved steam locomotives suspended in a railway time warp as today’s 21st century backgrounds are cloaked in darkness.
Manchester IlluminatedManchester Illuminated - £14.99
Master photographer Mike Heath depicts the shiny new structures and their cutting edge architecture, rejuvenated buildings from a bygone era and numerous events that combined have created one of England’s great cities.They are all seen from a fascinating nocturnal perspective which shows how the teeming city lives and breathes in the hours of darkness.
York IlluminatedYork Illuminated - £14.99
In this superb collection of more than 140 photographs,Yorkshire–based photographer Paul Moon shows an aspect of York many visitors never see, the famous sites and hidden corners when floodlights and streetlights are switched on for the night. The illuminated winding cobbled streets take you on journey into York’s past and its stunning architecture grabs your attention at every turn.
Spirit of ManchesterSpirit of Manchester - £4.99
Master photographer Mike Heath captures the true spirit of Manchester in 60 lively and candid images in a handy pocket-sized format, which will be an ideal souvenir for both locals and visitors alike.
Spirit of the Llangollen RailwaySpirit of the Llangollen Railway - £4.99
In this all new pocket-sized album Mike Heath and his son Karl Heath have selected over 60 colour photographs from their respective portfolios to provide a stunning photographic journey along the length of the line capturing the spirit of the beautiful and dramatic scenery, wonderfully restored country stations and variety of motive power that combine to provide a wonderful day out for both tourists and railway enthusiasts.
Web Price: £14.99
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