Southern Steam: January – July 1967 (Kindle)
Countdown to Extinction
At the beginning of 1967 the writing was clearly on the wall for Southern Steam, with the intention of eliminating it altogether on the 18th June of that year. From the 2nd January, with the Brush type 4s working many main line trains including the “Bournemouth Belle”, steam was reduced to thirteen departures from Waterloo, three of which were in the early hours.
From the 3rd April this was further reduced to just five day and three night time departures. However, by this time it was realised that due to late delivery of the new electric stock, the deadline for the demise of steam was put back to the 9th July and an interim timetable introduced from 12th June.
Using information gathered from many sources, “Southern Steam: January – July 1967” chronicles the events of 1967, with the final five weeks in detail, including events that formed the background to the time.
Sad story of the demise of the steam railways in the south of Britain. Alan's account of how steam engines were withdrawn from service reads like a series of very sad obituaries. Very moving.Books Monthly
As featured inSteam World, June 2018
Article: 'Chronicling the countdown to the end of the age of steam as featured byWestern Daily Press, 5th June 2018
Article: 'Southern railwayman chronicles countdown to the end of steam' as featured byWestern Morning News, 29th May 2018