This must-have book for all fans of steam railways features photographs from the collection of Maurice Dart, Cornwallbased
photographer and authority on Westcountry railways. This volume covers the period from the earliest days of
photography through to the end of the age of steam on railways throughout Cornwall.
Here are rare photographs, many
of them taken by the author, of mainline locomotives and private and industrial lines, many of which no longer exist. Each
is accompanied by the author’s own text, unique reminiscences of the Golden Age of railways.The author writes:
“The photos in this album have been chosen from my collection of many thousands of railway scenes, with the remainder carefully
selected from other sources. Together they present an overall view of the many types of locomotives which have worked in
the Duchy since late in the nineteenth century. Along with the engines much of what is nowadays termed ‘railway infrastructure’
is included in the photos together with a varied selection of rolling stock To present an overall picture of railway operations I have
included a section covering diesel traction which includes some photos taken within the past few years. I have attempted to
include as wide a variety of locations as possible to cover the locomotive scene on the main line, on branch lines, in goods yards
and at locomotive sheds. It is hoped that the book will appeal not only to railway enthusiasts but also to readers seeking photos
of local areas. The detail contained in many of the photos may be of assistance to railway modellers of certain periods. I hope
that this collection of photos will help to recall the magic and nostalgia that the sight of working steam locomotives induce in
much of the populace.”
Here for the first time is a comprehensive look at a major part of this unique collection – a book that will become a classic
of Westcountry 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 throughout his life. He was educated at Sutton High School,
Plymouth followed by Plymouth Technical College and worked as a chemist in the china clay
industry for thirty-seven years. Through his work 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. He also acts as a guide for
enthusiasts who wish to visit sidings that serve locations owned by Imerys Minerals.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 587 7, hardback, 210x297mm, 160 pages. Published June 2007