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Steam in my Lens (Hardback)

The Reginald Batten Collection: specially featuring the Great Northern and Great Eastern lines of the LNER

Transport Photographic Books Colour Books Trains and Railways

By Malcolm Batten
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781526772589
Published: 30th June 2021

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Reg Batten was a railway and transport photographer, who started taking pictures in the early 1930s, mostly on the Great Northern and Great Eastern sections of the L N E R.

He later started taking pictures elsewhere on the railway network, covering other companies, also looking at other forms of transport like traffic on the river Thames.

This is the first book of Reg Batten's work, covering his railway photography from the early 1930s, through wartime into the 1950s, and steam on into the preservation era. This volume not only covers locomotive types but also looks at locations and interesting features of the railway scene at that time.

Featured in

Welsh Railways Research Circle Newsletter 167 Autumn 2021

The vast majority of the photographs have not been seen before and are therefore a most welcome addition. The quality of reproduction is excellent as usual. This should find a place on the shelves of many LNER enthusiasts, recommended.

LNER Society newsletter

A very nostalgic read. Brought back memories of my childhood, trainspotting on Southern Region railways in the 60's at the tail end of steam. Nice to occasionally reminisce.

NetGalley, Rolf Bachelor

This is a great way to pay tribute to a well known train-spotter/photographer. A well known name amongst those with a similar interest.
The book was well laid out with so many wonderful pictures of steam locomotives from bygone era with accompanying information about what you see. In each chapter, the author shared his experiences at the time, recounting details of the environment of the days, what he saw, how he reacted and how he felt. The author also explained the choices of cameras and film that were available at the time. How different photography was compared to now.
My husband, Andrew, has is a train enthusiast and found this book very interesting. He recommends anyone with a similar interest should check this book out. We reviewed an ebook version which was enjoyable but a hardcopy would be even better!

NetGalley, Brenda Hopkins

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Manna from heaven to the right reader, this book will only act as a superlative tribute to the man whose photographs and words make up its core. With so many welcoming cliques in railway fandom, the Gresley Society and others will be aware of this gent, whose interest in photography and taking pictures of trains and other modes of transport spanned nine decades.

NetGalley, John Lloyd

If you are a keen train spotter then you will love this book of photographs of steam engines with accompanying descriptions. The book also shares the details of the photographer, Reg Batten his background & life, his hobbies, his cameras, his friends and his joy.

NetGalley, Heather Cracknell

About Malcolm Batten

Reg Batten was born in 1914 and lived in East London’s Dockland, where his father was a boilermaker working in the Royal Docks. With a lifetime interest in shipping, after retirement he spent much of 1976 to 1983 recording the scene around the Royal Docks and Tilbury as cargo handling methods changed and the docks adapted, until the final closure of the ‘Royals’.


His son, Malcolm Batten has inherited an interest in shipping and has had two books published about modern Thames shipping in the 21st Century.

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