Now in his eighties, from a boy Maurice Dart
has travelled throughout much of Southern
Britain armed with a camera, taking photographs
of all things railway. His collection, now numbering
thousands of images, has been the source of many
publications and has been used in countless
magazines and journals.
In this book the author
includes the earlier types of diesel locos which
worked on BR many of which have been
withdrawn, leaving survivors in departmental use
and in preservation. Others, including class 20s,
still operate for companies such as DRS.
With the popularity and interest which has
developed for certain types of diesels this is a
collection of selected classes from the author’s
own colour slides and prints taken as he travelled
around the country from the early 1970s.
This first volume includes intermediate and earlier
main line types along with a few of the Woodhead
electrics. In some cases, especially at stations, the
book includes 'infrastructure' in the photos which
adds interest. Detail shown of some locos may
be useful to modellers.
This book recalls an era when the types included
were a familiar sight and sound on the system.
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
MoorTramway 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 1 84114 987 5, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published May 2010.