Railway Memories: The Travels of a Yorkshire Newspaper Photographer (Transport Treasury)

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Railway Memories: The Travels of a Yorkshire Newspaper Photographer is made up of a diverse selection of pictures taken by an unknown Yorkshire Newspaper Photographer who was employed to take photographs during the 1950s and ‘60s. As not all the images are newsworthy, it is assumed that he was a railway enthusiast! Most of the images are taken in Yorkshire, but sometimes beyond, and are of everyday and unique scenes, events and incidents covering both the immediate pre-war and then the post war period, almost up to the demise of steam.

Press photographers were invariably equipped with first class equipment and had an uncanny knack of finding out what was either to take place, or indeed had happened – very likely through cultivating the friendship of a railwayman or two! As such they would appear on scene, at both the good and the bad times, whereas today the ‘negative’ incidents would be off limits to most.

The introduction is followed by chapters on:

  • Stations
  • Steam at Work
  • Civil Engineering
  • Accidents
  • Rolling Stock
  • Steam on Shed
  • Derwent Valley Light Railway
  • Diesel Multiple Units
  • Easingwold Railway
  • Locomotives for Export
  • Industrial
  • Staff at Work
  • Spurn Point Military Railway
  • The End

The result is a book of images taken through the lens of a skilled individual able to make his audience take notice. Little information was available with the images, but Alan Butcher has managed to ensure that most of the pictures are accompanied by a detailed caption.

158 black & white illustrations. 112 pages.

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