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Class 50 (Hardback)

A Pictorial Journey

Colour Books Transport > Trains & Railways

By David Cable
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Modern Traction Profiles
Pages: 198
Illustrations: 160
ISBN: 9781473864412
Published: 15th May 2017



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Class 50: A Pictorial Journey is an album of photographs, mainly taken by David Cable, a well-regarded author of a number of picture albums, covering trains both in the UK and in many countries worldwide.

The class 50 was an express locomotive built in the late 1960s and withdrawn at the beginning of the 1990s. Nicknamed hoovers because of their distinctive noise, they were a favourite class of many railway enthusiasts, resulting in several having been preserved.

The photos demonstrate the many areas of operation and duties undertaken by these locomotives, initially in the North of England and Scotland, and then regular duties on the Western region and finally the Southern lines from London to Exeter.

The author offers an interesting collection of 191 color photographs, mostly made with his own camera and page size that will delight all lovers of diesel locomotives.

A very well documented piece of history.
Read the full Spanish review here.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

I suppose a book full of pictures of trains will thrill most railway enthusiasts and the enjoyment will come from seeing photographs of a remarkable diesel at the end of that era when individual locos pulled passenger trains.
I enjoyed the introduction and the overview of Class 50's there names, where used across the country and their colour identification in service.
This is represented in the many photographs that follow and perhaps is the weakness of the book for me as I find photos of passenger trains less enjoyable than mixed goods and freight services.
I liked the brief description accompaning each image and there is a range of shots expertly showing gradients, former workings and stations. As a keeper of train numbers I remember the early period covered when engine numbers began D; the D was then lost just the number before the class was shown in the numbering. By the end the numbers are so large I cannot see how even the short-sited of train spotters could miss a passing loco's indentification.
A fine tribute to this versitile engine packed with classic railway scenery focusing on Class 50s. As usual Pen & Sword have delivered within its transport arm, a book ready for your bookcase.

Richard Latham
 David Cable

About David Cable

David Cable (1929-2017) was interested in trains from a very early age, and this developed into an interest in train photography in 1947. David was the author of many photo albums, covering modern traction in the UK since the 1960s, as well as volumes based on his visits to other countries over the last 40 years. During his life he travelled throughout Europe, North America and Australia, as well as some Far Eastern countries and Morocco.

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