The Steam Railway East Scotland (Transport Treasury)

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A collection of good quality black & white Images from the W A C Smith collection at the Transport Treasury, illustrating the railways of Scotland in the 1950s and 1960s.

W A C ‘Bill’ Smith was a prolific photographer of steam locomotives, Clyde Steamers and trams. He travelled extensively throughout Scotland during the 1950s and 1960s recording the changes as the older pre-grouping steam classes disappeared to be replaced by the new Standard types and even more modern diesel power. In so doing he also photographed much of the infrastructure dating back to the pre-Grouping Scottish railways, which was similarly being demolished or replaced at the time..

The Steam Railway East Scotland encompasses much variety, from graceful Great North of Scotland 4-4-0s in beautifully clean condition to work-stained North British 0-6-0s, many of which, with long working lives, ended their days carrying out the duties they had originally been designed for – hauling trains of coal around Fife.

Former Caledonian Railway locomotives are also seen with ubiquitous 0-4-4 tanks on branch lines and many 0-6-0s moving goods traffic. The workhorses of passenger traffic, LNER B1s, V2s and LMS Black 5s as well as examples of express motive power are also portrayed.

This wonderfully nostalgic selection of photographs features images from eastern Scotland as far north as Forres to Aberdeen, Forfar, Perth and south to Stirling reaching the ‘East Neuk’ of Fife, Edinburgh and the Borders. 112 pages.

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