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London's Railways 1967 - 1977 (Hardback)

A Snap Shot In Time

Transport London Trains and Railways England London Transport

By Jim Blake
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 174
ISBN: 9781473833845
Published: 16th September 2015

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This lovingly-produced pictorial book covers London's railways from 1967 to 1977, showing the transition from steam to diesel and electric traction. Accompanied by a very readable narrative, telling tales of the authors adventures during his many trips around the London railway network, the volume encapsulates a fascinating period of time in Britain. During these ten years a great deal of change took place, not only with railways and transport, but also socially and economically in the wider world. Jim Blake eloquently describes all of these changes, whilst also looking in detail at the capital's transport scene of the period.

As seen in Buses magazine, this book really does offer a snapshot in time, and is a must read for all vintage railway and transport enthusiasts alike.

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About Jim Blake

Jim Blake was born in December 1947, just before the nationalisation of Britain's railways and London Transport, born and brought up in Canonbury in today's London Borough of Islington, he lived in the heart of London's legendary trolleybus system and also had North London's last trams, which served Kingsway Subway, on his doorstep.


This ensured a life long interest in buses, trolleybuses and trams, as well as railways, which most young lads had in the 1950s.


He begun transport photography in 1961, subsequently taking over 100,000 still pictures and went on to cover transport subjects with his cine camera in colour during the late 1960s and 1970s.


Since 1977 he has had a considerable number of books published covering bus and railway subjects across the country, looking at a wide number of fleets and operations.


Much of his work encapsulates a time of great change in the world of transport, with many types of vehicle and chassis types diminishing owing to standardisation.


The operators were in themselves also changing and his books reflect the changing transport scene of this interesting period, showing the social changes as well as that of the corporate.

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