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British Steam Locomotives Before Preservation (Hardback)

A Study of Before and Afterlife

Local History British History Transport Photographic Books 20th Century Trains and Railways

By Malcolm Clegg
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 168
Illustrations: 160 black and white
ISBN: 9781526760463
Published: 13th October 2020

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British Steam Locomotives Before Preservation, covers the history in pictorial form of steam locomotives that are now preserved as part of the national collection. It includes those which can be found in private collections and the ones which adorn the various heritage railways operating throughout Britain.

The book looks at each subject both in its working life and during its subsequent preservation.

The pictorial content covers a wide swathe of Britain during the years before the heritage locomotives, were earmarked for preservation.

… the book presents the UK’s preserved steam locos in quite a different light and I found it a fascinating read; easily recommended.

Railways Illustrated, February 2021

Review by Roger Backhouse

This book can be useful but note that not all preserved locos are included.

York Model Engineers newsletter

"British Steam Locomotives Before Preservation" is about the photography history of steam locomotives that are now preserved as part of the UK's national collection. It includes locomotives that can be found in private collections and those that adorn the various heritage railways operating in Britain. The book discusses each topic both in its working life and during its subsequent preservation.

With its proper balance between information and photographs it manages to successfully unite the past and present of preserved steam locomotives, which is only achieved in some railway museums. Essential for all fans of English steam locomotives and for those who want to see good black and white rail photographs.

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About Malcolm Clegg

Malcolm Clegg is a retired British Transport Police Sergeant who served for almost thirty years both as a uniformed and CID officer at various railway and dock locations in England and Wales. Ten years were spent working in London.


Malcolm comes from a railway family, his father was a station master at several locations on the national network and passed on a passion for railways to Malcolm at an early age.


He currently resides in Swansea and his interests include history and photography. In recent years, Malcolm has carried out extensive research and written a number of articles for the British Transport Police History Group (www.btphg.org.uk).

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