This absorbing collection of photographs focuses on the last days of steam in Britain, from March 1966 to August 1968 - right up to the final twenty-four hours of mainline steam operation.
Covering the last three years of BR steam working, from the summer of 1965 to the '15 Guinea Special' of 11 August 1968. This was certainly not the glamour period of BR steam; without doubt, that was the 1950s, when Britain's railways were back in full swing after the Second World War and the restraints that had followed in the immediate postwar years.
By the middle of 1965, steam haulage was confined to a limited number of areas. Many parts of the country were already dieselised, notably whole areas of the South-East, South-West and Eastern England, parts of Wales, and many areas of Scotland.
Most locomotives looked the worse for wear, yet many were in good mechanical order and well capable of the many duties still required of them, this being in no small way due to the top-class locomotive shed staff who maintained them, and the footplate crews who could still coax the best out of their charges.
The images are almost all previously unpublished, and most were taken by the author, well-known railway photographer Roger Siviter. A wide range of motive power is illustrated, hauling main-line expresses as well as freight trains. This high-quality volume will be welcomed by anyone who looks back with nostalgia to this period of British railway history.
By Roger Siviter
Hardback. 263 x 194mm. 144 pages
180 black & white illustrations