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ISBN: 9780857042736
AUTHOR: Tony Butcher
Last Days of Steam Northern & Eastern
Last Days of Steam Northern & Eastern
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In the 1950s a magnificent array of steam locomotives still operated on the lines that criss-crossed the North and East of Britain.

However, in 1955 the Modernisation Plan was issued that showed that steam traction was doomed. By 1960/61 the Beeching Report was starting to have a major effect on the steam fleet and some major and well-liked classes disappeared entirely.

All the Princess Royals were withdrawn by the end of 1962 and the Duchesses were eliminated south of Crewe by 1963. All of the 440s were gone by the end of 1962 and many well before that date.

Tony Butcher was fascinated by railways from a young age. His first reasonable camera was a Kodak which allowed him to take action shots in 1956. From that he graduated to a square bellows camera with a 500 shutter in 1957 and a 35mm camera in 1961. With this equipment,Tony amassed a priceless collection of images, recording the last, glorious days of steam, notably in the Northern and Eastern Regions which are the focus of this book.

Chasing Society Steam specials, which were often aimed at using last in class engines, as well as traversing colliery and ore lines and routes either freight-only or about to be totally closed,Tony Butcher’s black and white images portray the poetry and the power of these living machines.

From 1962 his colour images add a sometimes startling depth and immediacy to his collection, especially in the very last days of British Steam from 1965-1968.

Together, these classic examples from Tony Butcher’s peerless picture archive, offer a nostalgic yet stunning view of the Indian summer of steam traction between 1956 and 1968, in what are some of the most fascinating Regions in Britain.

Tony Butcher’s interest in railways and steam was reawakened at the age of seventeen by a visit of a younger cousin who wanted to go and see steam at Clapham Junction. From then on, throughout his life he has photographed railways in action. Following an Engineering degree and marriage, from mid 1961 onwards with his own car he travelled all over the country in search of steam. This interest has continued to this day. Tony Butcher photographed preserved steam on BR lines in the 1980s, but since the start of the ‘90s he has concentrated on photographic charters on the preserved railway lines, now well into the fully digital era.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 273 6, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published October 2015.

The Railway Paintings of Wrenford J Thatcher - Caught on CanvasThe Railway Paintings of Wrenford J Thatcher - Caught on Canvas - £24.99
Here, in over 100 superb paintings, Wren Thatcher has literally Caught on Canvas the last days of the Age of Steam. His knowledge and passion for the subject is revealed in every picture.Each locomotive appears to be alive as though the artist’s brushes were primed not with paint, but with steam and smoke.
Last Days of Steam Western & SouthernLast Days of Steam Western & Southern - £19.99
Together, these classic examples from Tony Butcher’s peerless picture archive, offer a nostalgic yet stunning view of the Indian summer of steam traction between 1956 and 1967, in what are arguably the most interesting Regions in Britain.
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.
Last Days of Steam Southern RegionLast Days of Steam Southern Region - £14.99
Over 150 photographs by Roger Malone appear in the book taken at locations in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset and Hampshire, and includingWeymouth, the Isle ofWight, Bournemouth, Corfe Castle, Eastleigh, Launceston and the Exeter area. A section contains photographs taken at the famous Barry scrapyard where so many locomotives ended their days.
Steam's New DawnSteam's New Dawn - £14.99
In this fascinating and profusely illustrated book, Robin Jones, editor of Heritage Railway magazine, looks at Britain’s third century of steam building and the many magnificent projects that are not only ongoing but which have been completed to resounding effect.
Last Days of Steam on the Midland RegionLast Days of Steam on the Midland Region - £14.99
Over 150 photographs appear in the book including photographs taken at the famous Barry scrapyard where so many locomotives ended their days. Anyone with an interest in railway history will be fascinated by this unique pictorial memoir.
Web Price: £19.99
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