In this new volume of photographs from the Maurice Dart Collection the author covers
the railways in the area widely known as the Home Counties which for this volume take
in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex and Oxfordshire together with
north and west London. The inner city is not included.
Locations of places in each county
are as recorded in the RCH Handbook of Stations from 1938.
As this book features images from the author’s personal collection, the layout follows
the order in which the collection is arranged.This follows locomotive wheel arrangement
and types from the largest downwards in decreasing order of size, with a few exceptions.
It is a system that was used in the past by several notable authors that presents a markedly
different layout to the now standard practice of following routes geographically.
As wide a variety of locations as possible is included to cover the locomotive scene on
the main line, on branch lines, in goods yards and at locomotive sheds. In this way the
book will appeal not only to railway enthusiasts but also to those seeking photos of local
areas and will help readers to recall the magic and nostalgia of the sight of working steam
Maurice Dart was born in Plymouth and, apart from a period in Gibraltar, he has lived
in Devon and Cornwall for all of his life. The interest in railways was bred into him
almost from birth and has stayed with him. He was educated at Sutton High School,
Plymouth followed by Plymouth & Devonport Technical College and worked as a
chemist in the China Clay industry for thirty seven years. Through his work connections
he gained an intimate knowledge of the Lee Moor Tramway and of China Clay railway
operations by the main line railway companies. Following retirement he works as a
volunteer on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway mainly in the shop or escorting visiting
enthusiasts around the railway
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 265 1, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published May 2016.