This must-have book for all fans of steam railways features photographs from the collection of Maurice Dart,
Cornwall-based 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 Exeter and
East Devon. 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 steam.
Also available: Images of Cornish Railways and Images of Devon Railways: Plymouth and South Devon.
Maurice Dart lives in St Austell, Cornwall. His enthusiasm for railways has been with
him since he first travelled with a camera back in the 1930s. His own photographs, each
meticulously recorded with locations and dates, comprise the bulk of a collection to
which he as added rare and important photographs from other sources.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 703 1, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published March 2008.
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