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Steam Across the Regions (Hardback)

A Pictorial Rail Journey Through Britain

P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Photographic Books Transport > Trains & Railways World History > UK & Ireland > England

By David Knapman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 200 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526763945
Published: 9th November 2020



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This is the third volume by David Knapman, using photographs from his extensive collection.

This book looks at the steam era on all the former British Railways regions, through the lens of a young railway photographer in the 1960s.

The author originally lived on the Southern Region, but as the result of a family move ended up living on the former Great Eastern Railway in Essex.

David Knapman was lucky, in that he was able to access London from his home and photograph steam traction at most of the London Terminus stations, as well as taking pictures at other locations in the London and home counties area, before venturing further afield, to other parts of Britain.

This is an offering of his work as a young railway photographer in the 1960s, before the diesel and electric invasion, that marked the end of the steam era.

Very few of these photographs have been published before.

Paul Weeden, Great Eastern Railway Society

In summary, the book is well worth picking up and the 100s of pictures are a fantastic record of times gone by.

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Rail Advent

Another sample of the magnificent work of David Knapman.

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Miniaturas JM

A superb album of black & white photos.

Platorm 5

Article: 'Rare trains featured in Woburn author’s new pictorial book’, words by John Mason

Leighton Buzzard Observer, 19th January 2021

About David Knapman

Aged five, DAVID KNAPMAN’s railway interest was triggered at Reigate station by a Wainwright 4.4.0. Reading his father’s pre-war Railway Magazine and regularly taking Trains Illustrated fostered a lifelong interest. The Reading to Redhill line provided much steam interest and early main line trips included the Bristolian and the Kentish Belle in 1958. Photography started with a Brownie Box camera, which was soon overtaken by a 35mm Agfa Silette. A move to Brentwood and a career as a Chartered Accountant enabled the steam interest to flourish further and main line runs today still enthrall. The author hopes his photographs prove to be of much interest to the reader. Floreat Vapor!

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