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The Last Days of British Steam (Hardback)

A Snapshot of the 1960s

British History Transport Photographic Books Trains and Railways

By Malcolm Clegg
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 200 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526760425
Published: 7th August 2020


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This volume covers the final decade of British steam, looking at steam traction in a wide variety of geographical locations around the British Railways network.

The book covers a wide variety of classes of locomotives, that were withdrawn during the last decade of steam traction, some examples of which are now preserved.

Malcolm Clegg has been taking railway pictures since the early 1960s and has access to collections taken by friends who were recording the steam railway scene during this period.

This book is a record of his and other people's journeys during the last decade of steam in the 1960s.

Overall, the book is enjoyable and informative, and can be dipped into and out of. The photographs are well presented and backed up with sufficient technical detail to fill any gaps in the reader’s knowledge. Recommended.

Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, No.251

The book is substantial and covers a large range of engines, with captions giving details of the engine pictured and the place, if known. The images are in black and white which adds to the nostalgia of the book. The book is glossy and substantial, which is useful for those who are interested in trains of the era, reconstruction and reclamation of trains that they might find, or railway model enthusiasts.

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Rosie Writes...

A magnificent photo album of the steam locomotives of the 60s.

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Railway Modeller, December 2020

This is an enjoyable sojourn into the de-facto ‘mixed traction’ period where steam was celebrating it’s last hurrah. The assembled photographs are of a high standard, and the accompanying captions are concise but informative. The book is rounded out by a chapter devoted to additional locomotive details and information... This book would make a sensible addition to the library of any steam enthusiast with an interest in steam’s final years.

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Donnas Book Blog

‘All aboard for some railway nostalgia’

South Wales Echo, 30th October 2020

This book covers the last decade of British steam, and analyses steam traction in a wide variety of geographic locations around the British rail network. The book features a wide variety of classes of locomotives, which were withdrawn during the last decade of steam traction, some examples of which are now preserved.

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About Malcolm Clegg

Malcolm Clegg is a retired British Transport Policeman who, having been born into a railway family, has had a lifelong association with the railways and a lifelong interest in photography.

Malcolm lives in Swansea, where he still takes an active interest in railway matters, especially railway history. He has carried out considerable research and written a number of articles for the British Transport Police History Group "http://www.btphg.org.uk"

This volume is the third book recently written by Malcolm on one of his favourite topics, that of British Steam Locomotives. His two previous books, both published by Pen & Sword are entitled ‘The Last Days of British Steam’ and ‘British Steam Locomotives before Preservation’

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