Synopses & Reviews
The years between 1947 and 1962 witnessed a revolution in rail transport. Locomotives which had been retained for war service were now being retired and replaced by newer designs. Side by side, they presented a unique comparison. Eastleigh was the main steam works and shed for the Southern Railway, and would, over the years, see engines of all types. Some arrived at the nearby shed for service, some for repair and others passed through on their last journey to the scrap yard. One man, Walter Gilburt, recorded these scenes. Part of this collection is used in this book, almost every type of locomotive that visited Eastleigh and images of engines from other regions and private lines nearby. These pictures, supported by informative and detailed text, illustrate not only the trains, locomotives, and their sheds, but bring to life a nostalgic record of the Eastleigh railway scene as it was 40 years agoa time when nearly every family worked on, or knew someone associated with, railway life.
This addition to Sutton's Photographic History of Railways series brings together a wealth of black-and-white photographs spanning the great age of steam. Drawn from family albums, local collections and professional photographers, they offer a ready insight into the way things were and how they have changed. Every photograph is captioned, providing names and dates where possible, revealing historical and anecdotal detail and giving life to the scenes and personalities captured through the camera lens. This absorbing collection brings together all aspects of railway life -- celebrations and disasters, stations and branch lines, people and locomotives
About the Author
Kevin Robertson is a respected railway historian who has written numerous books on Britains rail heritage, including Steam Around Reading and Odd Corners of the GWR from the Days of Steam.