Last Days of Steam Southern Region


Out of stock



By the mid 1960s steam had pretty much disappeared from railways in the South West of England save for a small pocket on the Southern Region which survived until 1967. To one enthusiastic teenager living in Plymouth, the nearest place to see working mainline steam was in Weymouth, Dorset, with other operations such as the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway
and the Isle of Wight also in their final throes of steam. And so, armed with camera loaded with Kodachrome transparency film, the fifteen-year old Roger Malone set out to record the final months in these outposts of steam. Now, over 50 years later, these images are again seeing the light of day in this fascinating new book. The colour photographs taken all those years ago capture the essence of the times, as the last embers died in the fireboxes of elderly locomotives put out to grass’ in sleepy
westcountry pastures. Added interest comes from the author’s memories of those days, the locomotives he found and captured on film. Over 150 photographs appear in the book taken at locations in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset
and Hampshire, and including Weymouth, the Isle ofWight, Bournemouth, Corfe Castle, Eastleigh, Launceston and the Exeter area.
A section contains photographs taken at the famous Barry scrapyard where so many locomotives ended the days. Anyone with an interest in railway history will be fascinated by this unique pictorial memoir.

Hardback , as new