A beautiful hardback book, featuring over 250 stunning photographs of locomotives on the West Midlands railways in the final years of steam traction.
Bringing together around 5,000 square miles of land, the West Midlands region boasted a diverse system of railways. These ranged from the main lines connecting the north and south of Britain to small branches, as well as cross-country routes and local lines.
The Last Years of West Midlands Steam records this area in the 1948-1967 period – using nearly 250 superb colour and black-and-white images – when the days of steam reached their peak.
The book covers the smaller West Midlands county, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Several cities in the area appear: Birmingham, Coventry, Hereford, Lichfield, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton and Worcester.
There are also a number of large towns included, such as: Burton-on-Trent, Dudley, Kidderminster, Leamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Stourbridge, Tamworth, Uttoxeter, etc.
With lines formerly operated by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway and Great Western Railway, many locomotives of these companies are present, alongside the Standard Classes of British Railways.
With a rich industrial heritage in the region, a number of privately owned locomotives appear at work on several sites, such as breweries and collieries.
The West Midlands was a bustling and vibrant place for steam enthusiasts to observe and record locomotives at work. In doing so, a lost era has been captured and this collection has been assembled to celebrate those bygone days.
• Author - Peter Tuffrey
• Foreword - Pete Waterman
• 160 pages
• 250 Colour & B/W photographs
• Beautifully illustrated throughout
• Size - Large format 246 x 178mm
• ISBN - 978-1-914227-01-1
The price is £21.99 (including £2.00 p&p) for UK delivery - or £19.99 if bought directly from The Blackpool Tram Shop. (Please note this book is UK only delivery).