Steam in the East Midlands and Lincolnshire (Kindle)
A Pictorial Journey in the Late 1950s and Early 1960s
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.
The author was a professional railwayman whose early career was in the area covered in this book. His professional knowledge is evident in the way he has compiled this interesting collection of black and white photographs from across the East Midlands.Friends of the National Railway Museum
Clearly a a labour of love showing the rich variety of locomotives at work in 1950’s and early 60’s. There are Gresley V2s, Beyer Garratts, Crosti boilered 9Fs and even ex GCR Robinson 4-4-0s among many others. Mostly locations around Derby, Nottingham and Grantham station but rural Lincolnshire doesn’t get much attention.York Model Engineers
Great if you like black and white railway photographs and lots of nostalgia. Were you one of the trainspotters pictured?
Article: Joint operation had passengers in a 'muddle and getting nowhere' as featured byDerby Telegraph (print), 13th August 2018
Article: '8 great pictures of Leicestershire's golden age of steam' words by Jane Goddard as featured online byLeicester 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 byDerby Telegraph (online), 6th May 2018
As featured byIlkeston Life, 1st July 2018
Article: 'See these photos of the golden age of steam trains in Nottingham' words by Claire Catlow as featured online byNottingham Post, 28th April 2018
Article: 'Images recall glory days of steam' by Andy Smart as featured byNottingham Post, 30th April 2018