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On Tour For Steam: A Pictorial Railway Journey Across Britain in the 1960s (Book)

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By the turn of the 1960s, steam traction on Britain's railways was within its last decade and for a group of young enthusiasts living in Carlisle, there was always the urge to travel to other parts of the country to photograph steam locomotives, which in most cases would never have appeared in there own locality.

Visits to certain parts of Scotland, the North East of England and parts of Lancashire, could be achieved in a day, using a day return ticket.

More distant parts of Britain, would require more planning usually using an all lines rail rover ticket, these visits and trips could be done on an individual basis or with a group of like minded friends, or even with a railway club or society.

The benefits of visits with railway society's or clubs, were that such organisations could arrange group shed permits, where as individuals had to arrange such things by themselves.

As the 1960s progressed time started to run out for the photographer to capture the last embers of steam across the country and things became ever more urgent, with the end in sight.

This book depicts visits to many locations undertaken during this period when time was running out for steam traction.

We travelled from Aberdeen to Weymouth to record the dying days of a form of traction that served the railways of Britain, from the 1820s through to the late 1960s.

About the author:
Howard Routledge was born in Carlisle and started photographing steam locomotives in his home city and beyond from 1963. A career with Carlisle police began in 1964, from which he has now retired. He became involved in railway preservation and steam activities in 1985 and is a former vice chairman of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, which was responsible for the running of four ex British Railways steam locomotives, including Stanier Pacific's Princess Margaret Rose, and Duchess of Sutherland.

Author - Howard Routledge          
Publisher - Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 112

Illustrations: 200 Mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399083928

Published: May 2023

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