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Railway Memories: Barnsley and Beyond (Paperback)

Transport > Trains & Railways World History > UK & Ireland > England > Yorkshire & Humberside > Barnsley

By Peter Hadfield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 116
ISBN: 9781473856486
Published: 18th November 2015



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A collection of memories of a bygone age of the railway system that operated around the Barnsley area and beyond. It was a time when steam was still king (the local passenger, expresses and freight traffic were worked by steam), however the advent of diesel, although not initially noticeable, was gradually taking place.rnrnTowards the end of the 1950s and throughout the 1960s, rationalisation of the railway system and mass dieselisation took place, culminating in the end of steam on British railways (with the exception of the running of the Flying Scotsman) in August 1968.rnrnMany of the previously unseen photographs in this book include those of Royston Shed's steam fleet during the last months of working, before closing to steam officially on 4 November 1967; Thompson B1s, ex-Great Central Directors and Royston 8Fs at Stairfoot; an ex-Midland engine hauling an express over Swaithe viaduct; Barnsley Court House station prior to closure in 1960 and the famous Flying Scotsman's visit to Barnsley on 21 June 1969.

Barnsley and Beyond exposes a huge amount of contemporary photographs of steam engines in the service of the British Railway System around the Barnsley area. The book consists of 143 pages of high quality prints and a wealth of information.

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About Peter Hadfield

Peter Hadfield's passion for railways probably came from his mother, who as a young woman worked in the control centre at Cudworth on the former LMS system. His passion for trainspotting started at a very young age, watching the local steam-hauled passenger and expresses, along with the freight services, pass near near his house. Indeed, the sight and sound of the steam engine led him to believe it to be the nearest machine to a living thing. As he grew up and was allowed to visit the railway meccas of Doncaster, Leeds and York, the passion grew, only to be somewhat extinguished to a large degree following the demise of steam. However, the passion is now once again reignited when he ventures to see the steam specials, which revive the fond memories forever etched in his mind.

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