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The Scottish Railway Scene 1973–2020 (Hardback)

A Pictorial Reflection

Colour Books P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 20th Century Photographic Books Transport > Trains & Railways World History > UK & Ireland > Scotland

By John Burnett Kirk
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 152
Illustrations: 200 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399011181
Published: 6th March 2023

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This book takes the reader on a pictorial journey; in time from the early 1970s to 2020 and to places all around Scotland. All of the images are published for the first time. The captions reflect the author’s recollections and experiences from the platform end to more hands on railway adventures. As well as the everyday railway, there are insights into the preservation scene and steam on the main line.

Starting in the days of BR blue and progressing through sectors to privatisation the reader will find pictures of liveries, locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure that are no longer with us; ”inter city” livery, BRCW class 26s, HAA coal wagons and Semaphore signals at Stirling being examples. From a base in Edinburgh we travel to locations across the country from Wick to Carlisle, from the scenic majesty of the West Highlands to the industrial Central Belt. There we will see; diesels and electrics in a selection of liveries on freight and passenger workings, steam on the main line and visit sheds, stations and preserved lines. This includes some more unusual places such as Cameron Toll, Prestongrange and The Isle of Mull and buildings that have been demolished such as Mallaig steam shed, Grangemouth shed and Millerhill diesel depot.

This book will provide; reference material, nostalgia for some enthusiasts, a look back in time for others and for modellers, inspiration for their projects. So come and enjoy the journey.

"The personal observations add a distinct difference from normal albums of this type and their quality shines out of every page..."

5***** rating!

West Highland News Plus - Autumn 2023

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About John Burnett Kirk

John Kirk was born in 1960 in Dysart moving to Forfar that same year and to Edinburgh in 1970. He attended Aberdeen University studying Law and in 1985 joined the Civil Service moving to Perth. He returned to Edinburgh in 1996 where he still lives. He has volunteered at Prestongrange since 1978 and North Yorkshire Moors Railway since 1996. He has attended Clive Groome’s Footplate courses and is a support crew member with West Coast Railways.

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