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The Golden Age of Yorkshire Steam and Beyond (Paperback)

Memories of the 50s, 60s & 70s

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

By Peter Hadfield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 168
Illustrations: 150 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526765888
Published: 2nd November 2020



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The Golden Age of Yorkshire Steam includes a wealth of unique memories and experiences from a collection of railway enthusiasts, who in their youth were fascinated by the steam locomotives that ruled the rails. Discover what it was like growing up in York and experiencing the sights and sounds of the giants of the former LNER system, including A4s, A3s, A2s, A1s and V2s, along with the Jubilees, the Royal Scots, and Black Fives of the former LMS system and the BR Standards. Explore life on the footplate of the engines allocated to Royston shed, right up to the end of steam. Read about the push and pull service that ran from Cudworth - Barnsley - Cudworth across the iconic Oaks Viaduct, as well as the Barnsley - Doncaster and York - Doncaster - Darlington journeys. Memories of Leeds, Normanton, Doncaster, Wath and Penistone are also included, in addition to shed layout drawings of Royston, Doncaster and York.

Providing a fascinating insight into a railway system now long gone, the book is designed to ignite the memories of anyone who enjoyed the thrill of trainspotting during the 1950s and early 1960s, when steam was still king, before the rapid introduction of diesel and electric traction led to the complete elimination of steam from the rail network in 1968, with the exception of Flying Scotsman. The 1970s saw the return of steam on the mainline with steam specials powered by preserved locomotives.

As featured in.

The Journal of the Stephenson Locomotive Society Jan/Feb 2023

This softback book is published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd (Transport imprint). It comprises the memories of eight steam enthusiasts in the 1950s and 1960s. There is a small section that describes journeys from Barnsley in the 1950s, another section deals with the rationalization of services during the 1950s and finally a short conclusion. It is edited by Peter Hadfield who is one of the authors along with his own photos taken at the time. The eight authors are Gerald Darby, Ken Gambles, Malcolm Parker, Jeff Hodgson, Peter Hadfield, Aldred Bostwick, Michael Watkin and Brian Mathers. There are 200 black and white photos in the book and one colour picture on the rear cover. What I like is that five of the authors have contributed their own photos taken at the time. Some of the photos span two pages which makes them panoramic views, which I like. There are also plans of various loco sheds including Royston, Doncaster and York. There are also tabulations of locos allocated to York M.P.D. in 1957, 1959 and 1961, the respective totals of locos allocated are 161, 160 and 202 respectively. The introduction introduces each enthusiast with photos as a lad and then as an adult with a brief description of when and where they worked.

Bradford Railway Circle

"The past is preserved for us all in these old photographs."

Village Publications (Bradway Bugle)

Edited by Peter Bradfield, who gathered the experiences of seven of his friends and colleagues who recalled the days when steam power was king in the areas surrounding Barnsley, Leeds, Doncaster, Darlington and Penistone

All the authors have grown up with the sights and sounds of London North Eastern Region (LNER) giants, the former London, Midland Scottish (LMS) system and the British Railways Standard locomotives. The book will surely ignite the memories of anyone who enjoyed the thrill of trainspotting during the aforementioned years. The introduction of diesel and electric traction during 1968 led to the complete elimination of steam locomotives apart from those now preserved

Doncaster Family History Society

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Platform 5

Review by Roger Backhouse

This collection of articles by various one -time “spotters” is a pleasing exercise in nostalgia... Members aged 60+ could remember the sights, scenes and sounds described here and will enjoy this book even if “Nostalgia ain’t what it used t’be”!

York Model Engineers newsletter

The book is well detailed and nicely written from the ordinary person’s point of view.

Review by Andy Thomson
 Peter Hadfield

About Peter Hadfield

Peter Hadfield's passion for railways probably came from his mother, who as a young woman worked in the control centre at Cudworth on the former LMS system. His passion for trainspotting started at a very young age, watching the local steam-hauled passenger and expresses, along with the freight services, pass near near his house. Indeed, the sight and sound of the steam engine led him to believe it to be the nearest machine to a living thing. As he grew up and was allowed to visit the railway meccas of Doncaster, Leeds and York, the passion grew, only to be somewhat extinguished to a large degree following the demise of steam. However, the passion is now once again reignited when he ventures to see the steam specials, which revive the fond memories forever etched in his mind.

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A collection of memories of a bygone age of the railway system that operated around the Barnsley area and beyond. It was a time when steam was still king (the local passenger, expresses and freight traffic were worked by steam), however the advent of diesel, although not initially noticeable, was gradually taking place.rnrnTowards the end of the 1950s and throughout the 1960s, rationalisation of the railway system and mass dieselisation took place, culminating in the end of steam on British railways (with the exception of the running of the Flying Scotsman) in August 1968.rnrnMany of the previously…

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