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Steam in the East Midlands and Lincolnshire (Hardback)

A Pictorial Journey in the Late 1950s and Early 1960s

Transport History Photo Books Trains and Railways

By Roderick Fowkes
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781473896291
Published: 11th April 2018


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The photographs in this volume of Steam in the East Midlands and Lincolnshire cover an area beginning at Derby Headquarters of the Midland following the Midland line to Nottingham and its environs, pausing at locations en-route.

Trent, in the south-east corner of Derbyshire, was a station without a town, its position and importance as an interchange junction for five main railway routes, through the plethora of junctions, served London, Birmingham, Derby, Chesterfield and Nottingham. Remarkably enough, trains could depart from opposite platforms, in opposite directions but to the same destination. There was also the constant procession of coal trains off the Erewash Valley line from the nearby Toton marshalling yard.

Also featured is the Derby Friargate to Nottingham Victoria, the Great Northern Railway line, and the former Great Central route, along with scenes at Saxby where the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, mainly single track line diverged, running via Bourne to East Coast resorts. Finally, there are scenes at Grantham, where changing engines in 1954 was the order of the day. Locomotives are photographed at work, at rest and awaiting a call for scrap.

Article: Joint operation had passengers in a 'muddle and getting nowhere' as featured by

Derby Telegraph (print), 13th August 2018

Article: '8 great pictures of Leicestershire's golden age of steam' words by Jane Goddard as featured online by

Leicester Mercury, 8th June 2018

Article: 'Amazing photos to take you back to the golden age of steam in the East Midlands' words by Claire Catlow as featured online by

Derby Telegraph (online), 6th May 2018

As featured by

Ilkeston Life, 1st July 2018

Article: 'See these photos of the golden age of steam trains in Nottingham' words by Claire Catlow as featured online by

Nottingham Post, 28th April 2018

Article: 'Images recall glory days of steam' by Andy Smart as featured by

Nottingham Post, 30th April 2018

About Roderick Fowkes

Born in 1941 at Breaston, Roderick always wanted to be an Engine Driver. His dreams were dashed in 1956 when a medical at Derby revealed he had not attained the required colour vision level and was therefore unsuitable for the footplate grade. However, in 1957 he began a thirty-nine year career at Trent Station as a Junior Porter, and later as a Telegraph Clerk. After six years, he moved to Leicester and then Nottingham, where he was ‘in Control for five years’. Later he was a Traction Arranger at the largest installation in Western Europe – Toton Traction Maintenance Depot.  In 1978 Roderick moved to Plymouth as Movements Supervisor at Laira Traction & Rolling Stock Depot, where he had an interesting final eighteen years in the South West.

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