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Fred Kerr is a photographer whose lifelong interest in railways began in Edinburgh during the early 1950s and continued when his parents moved to Corby in 1956. His interest in railways included the ‘new’ diesel locomotives that first appeared at nearby Kettering as steam traction gave way to diesel traction. When he began work in the 1960s his income allowed an introduction to photography, which enabled him to begin recording the rail scene as an adjunct to his diaries of locomotive sightings recorded from 1963. These diaries record the ever-changing railway scene and, since privatisation of the railways in 1994, have noted the changes incurred by both new operators and operations. Now retired, Fred continues to take photographs and has begun sorting his extensive photography collection to create a series of ‘potted’ histories with this, Diesel Hydraulic Main Line locomotives in Preservation, being the latest. The diesel hydraulic designs had offered a solution to BR’s modernisation needs but its reluctance to modernise other parts of its operation led not only to the early withdrawal of the diesel hydraulic fleet but also the opportunity for examples to be preserved and enjoyed on heritage lines within the UK – as recorded within this album.

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