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Southern Electrics (Hardback)

The Second Generation

Colour Books Photographic Books Transport > Trains & Railways

By Roger Palmer
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 180
Illustrations: 194
ISBN: 9781526711946
Published: 13th February 2019


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The Southern Electric system was a self contained, roughly triangular area of lines with its apex in London and its base running along the south coast from Kent to Weymouth. It also made a couple of forays into Middlesex. Here, in some 196 previously unpublished colour photographs, is shown not only the variety of unit types that were around during the first twenty years since railway privatisation, but also the fact that on some services, Southern Electric types have penetrated the Home Counties whilst others have migrated to join their ranks.

A pleasant and rewarding visual excursion, probably best appreciated by southern cognoscenti.

Stephenson Locomotive Society

Wholly recommended for students of the Southern. Such may find it almost essential, but those less familiar with the routes south of the Thames will find it equally informative.

Railway Correspondence and Travel Society

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Rail Express, June 2019

The quality of the photos is good, and the book follows the format of other Pen & Sword railway pictorials. The book evoked memories of growing up in the South East and see the 465 and 466 classes replace the older slam-door EPBs that had been the mainstay of the North Kent Lines for most of the British Rail period. I feel this would compliment other books on the Southern Region, and anyone interested in Southern electric stock, especially in the post-privatisation era should give this book a serious consideration.

Kelly Harding, Diesel & Electric Modellers United, June 2019

A magnificent collection of photographs that portrays an important time of change.

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Miniaturas JM

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Branch Lines & Light Railway Publications

Thanks to its almost 200 photographs, all magnificent, and the information they contain allows you to immerse yourself in the trains and stations of this historic railway.

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Unes Cuantos Trenes Blog, Jorge del Valle

There are almost 200 previously unpublished colour photographs, many of which prick your memory of the various liveries that have been in existence with all the different Train Operating Companies.

Branch Line Britain

About Roger Palmer

Roger Palmer has no idea of what stimulated his interest in railways. His earliest recollections are of seeing blue Duchesses flashing past a gap in the houses at the end of the street where he lived and of the first two engines he “officially spotted” when he started collecting train numbers and duly underlining his sightings in his Ian Allan ABC.

His parents gave him a Brownie Cresta camera when he was 14 and two years later, when he had started full time work he bought a 35mm Agfa Silette which itself was replaced by an SLR Pentax some ten years later. From the 1970s he travelled extensively over the British rail system accumulating photographs all the while and for a brief period from the mid-1990s he wrote book reviews for the magazine British Railway Modelling. In 2006 his first book Southern Electric Slam Door Stock – The Final Years was published.

His photographic activities continue, and whilst highly sceptical about rail privatisation, believes that the post-Nationalised railway will be a golden era for railway historians of the future as train operating company’s franchises come and go and the units themselves are in a constant state of flux due to changes in liveries and various upgrades and refurbishments.

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