Edwardian Railways in Postcards
Photographer, photographic historian and incurable steam enthusiast, John Hannavy uses his own collection of postcards to explore the rolling stock, stations and operation of the railways in the period from 1902 up to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. As well as trains in the land- and cityscape, the 290 postcards reproduced include views of the Travelling Post Office, the Snowdon Railway, trackside buildings and railway disasters.
The first underground railway in London was an instant success in 1863, providing a link between Paddington, Euston and King’s Cross stations, and carrying 9.5 million passengers in the first year. This illustrated account of the development of the system describes the evolution of the lines, the traction, rolling stock and stations as well as exploring how the complex modern system is managed, reporting recent developments and discussing the challenges of ever-growing passenger numbers.
Veterans in Steam
From two tank engines, built in Kilmarnock in 1919 and still moving coal in Wales in the 1970s, to American ‘Skyliner’ locomotives working the Turkish railways, this photographic journey, first published in 1979, seeks out venerable old engines and the last working steam on a route that takes in Britain, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey and Syria.
The Atlas of Rail Station Closures
While the Beeching cuts are commonly remembered for their role in closing rail stations and lines, there have been station closures throughout the history of the network. This atlas maps all of Britain’s standard gauge railway lines and the dates when each line or station was closed. It also features photographs of selected stations, and an index and gazetteer listing the dates of closures and the company in charge.
Nigel Welbourn’s Lost Lines series covers over 400 closed lines across regions of the British Isles in 15 volumes. In this book he takes a different approach, giving an overview of Britain’s lost railways, selecting the best, and illustrating his survey with 400 colour photographs. From the Oystermouth Railway in 1827 to Folkestone Harbour branch in 2014, the book covers almost 200 years of closures, describing what is left of stations, halts, tunnels and viaducts, ports and harbours, scenic railways and railway hotels.
Last Years of Steam in Shropshire
And The Severn Valley
This photographic portrait of the railways in Shropshire from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s focuses on the many now-vanished secondary routes and branch lines radiating from Shrewsbury and includes the Severn Valley Railway route from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth in pre-preservation days.
The Last Years of Steam Around the East Midlands
An area bounded by Nottingham, Birmingham, London and the East Coast Main Line is covered in this selection of railway photographs, mostly taken during the 1960s. In addition to the last of the steam-hauled traffic in service, the railway scene includes examples of the new diesel replacements and views of stations, sheds and lineside features. Contemporary railway tickets and other printed ephemera complement the photographs.