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Steam on the Southern and Western (Kindle)

A New Glimpse of the 1950s and 1960s

Transport Trains and Railways

By David Knapman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
File Size: 72.1 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781473892415
eBook Released: 2nd October 2018


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Steam on the Southern and Western is a personal record of railway views that were captured on black and white film in the late 1950s and 1960s, until the demise of steam on British Railways.

The style of the book is the well-tried and- tested picture and captions format, and the majority of the pictures are black and white photography. Not every picture portrays a train as there are interesting branch line and infrastructure scenes to view as well. Furthermore, the book is intended to represent an eclectic mix of subjects and not to solely show main line scenes, for example.

The book covers the Southern and Western regions of British Railways, with the Somerset and Dorset Railway included for good measure, as it fits neatly into the areas of the country for this volume. It also carries its share of photographs of British Railways standard locomotives in the locations appropriate to the regions. Where preservation starts to overlap with the still-active steam scene, some historic photographs are included.

Photographs are grouped together by a particular location, for example, the Redhill to Reading line of the Southern, and Oxford on the Western. Each of these topic areas provides a flavour of the railway activity at the time. Overall, the book presents the reader with a gentle meander through the 1950's and 1960's railway scene and will stir the memories that so many of us have seen and still treasure today.

Another quality work for our library.

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Miniaturas JM

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Stephenson Locomotive Society

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Great Western Society

This book really is a great collection of photos and information for some lines that will never see a train again, like the Ruabon to Morfa Mawddach (previously Barmouth Junction) line. The book is a great addition to any bookshelf!

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Rail Advent

Old locomotives, I always had and still have a fascination with new and older trains. In almost every town I go through renovation of trains and their tracks are being restored for historic and making new memories with families. David Knapman gives a passing look of the ‘Steam on the Southern and Western of the 1950s and the 1960s.

The book is of black and white pictures explaining the station yard, or demolished stations along with detailed description of the county or town and the type of train that’s arriving at the time. There are so much detailed description that’s involved with these timeless still masterpieces of portrays. This isn’t a story of railways of colorful pictures that gives a tug at your heart but memories of the past and cut to the chase information and to the next photograph.

It’s a great book for those enthusiasts who loves the adventure to be guided to the classic steam engines and wants to relive their path of destination.

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Oh My Bookness

"A book to thumb through, pause on a particular shot to hopefully bring back many happy memories of railway jaunts in days gone by."

Review by

Brian Dotson- Stephenson Locomotive Society

As a young boy in the 1950's early 1960's and living close to the Reading to Redhill line at Betchworth, David Knapman was able to take loads of photos of not only that line but also many other areas and branch lines on the Southern and Western regions. As most of these photos have never been published before it will be of much interest of a time gone by.

Peter A. Harding - Branch Line & Light Railway Publications

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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