North East Engine Sheds in the Last Days of Steam

North East Engine Sheds in the Last Days of Steam

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In the late 1950s and `60s, steam motive power depots attracted railway enthusiasts like pins to a magnet. There was no need to wait on a platform for something to turn up; particularly at weekends and evenings, sheds would be packed with machines waiting their turn, being disposed of, getting fixed, or stored for another day. Enthusiasts flocked to these grimy railway havens as places of enchantment.
This beautifully illustrated book, produced in association with the National Railway Museum, travels back to those days, combining Richard Gaunt's atmospheric photographs with quotes from people working on the railways at the time, and instructions and reports from `the management' who - despite all appearances - were trying to give a good service at an acceptable cost. This evocative and nostalgic book brings the past to life and is sure to appeal to people who remember the north eastern railways and the drama of working steam sheds.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 14mm | 421.84g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752486144
  • 9780752486147
  • 731,041

About Richard Gaunt

Richard Gaunt grew up in the north east when steam-powered railways were never far away, and soon became entranced with photographing them, cutting up bulk film in an old sleeping bag to keep costs down. He left QEGS Darlington for Corpus Christi College Cambridge, knowing that East Anglia was all-diesel, but moved to South Wales afterwards, just catching the last NCB steam. He has spent a lifetime photographing Britain's railways. For the past 20 years he has been a director of a research consultancy and now lives in Cardiff. He has previously written articles for Steam Railway. This is his first book.
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