The Great Steam Chase

The Great Steam Chase : The Last Days of Steam on BR's Southern Region

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Amassing over 52,000 miles from Kent to Cornwall, here is the story of Keith Widdowson's journey as he raced against time to chronicle the steam locomotives working throughout southern England before they succumbed to modern traction. From sleep deprivation to gung-ho drivers, this is no ordinary trainspotter's diary but a nostalgic and evocative look back at how things really were in those steam days. A must-have for enthusiasts and locals to the closed railways alike, this is one man's journey, with 140 contemporary images to capture the railway as it was then, fully aware that things were about to change for good (but not necessarily for the better). From closing branch lines to final steam workings, here is the last snapshot of the golden age of steam. It is a personal and informed account that all people with any interest in the Southern Region or steam in general will no doubt relate to.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 14mm | 399.99g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752479571
  • 9780752479576
  • 1,012,844

About Keith Widdowson

Keith Widdowson is a retired BR employee who made it his mission to capture the last days of steam on the Southern. His mother got him his job at BR because she'd noted his 'obsession with timetables'.
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