A Race Against Time
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Every now and then something special comes along that really should not be missed as it will always leave a feeling of regret if you do, and this is just one of those railway albums.
In their teenage years from 1962 the authors recorded all they could of the rapidly dwindling steam operations in Britain. By August 1968 steam had disappeared from British Railways and by the summer of 1971 all British operations had gone except on the preserved lines and the dwindling industrial operations. Living in South Essex they travelled the length and breadth of Britain, mainly during school and college holidays. From Weymouth to Aberdeen many iconic locations were photographed including the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, the Stanton and Staveley Steel works at Ilkeston and numerous major railway junctions.
The South Western mainline from Waterloo, Shap, the coal operations around Blyth and the last of the Gresley A4 Pacifics in Scotland plus the survivors of the ‘Jubilee’ class are covered in depth. Many historic locomotives were recorded just before their final disappearances as were the last operations on the Longmoor Military Railway in Hampshire.
With the stamina of youth photographing into and through the night was not a problem. Appearing for the first time, the night photographs taken by the late Don Mackinnon with his Rolleiflex and Leica M3 cameras are probably amongst the best of any British railway photographer of the era.
442 Pages in large format with over 400 superb black & white photographs printed onto high-quality art paper. HARDBACK
This title is not only a must have but be aware it weighs over 3.5 kilos once packed in the special cartons we have commissioned for shipping them securely.
Here is just one review of this first-class title.
"Having purchased just about every established steam publication over the last 20 years, I had decided to give yet another book on the 60's a miss. However, a good friend of mine had received his copy and by gentle coaxing of money from my wallet I duly purchased A Race Against Time. Initial reaction was not bad, second- and third-time perusing through it, I discovered what a gem of a book this was. At sixty pounds it certainly is an investment, however what an investment. No disappointments on quality and content from me, one to treasure for the future."
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