This is a book of previously unpublished images of steam engines at work on the railways of Northern England in the 1960s. Complementing the author’s previous books on steam power in the North East, Steam in the North: Railways in the 1960s across the North of England covers the Midland and West Coast main lines as well as Lancashire and Yorkshire, as British Railways’ working steam fleet approached its end.
Locations include: Carlisle, Darlington, Manchester, Yorkshire, Lancashire, and North Wales.
The images look at the environment for working steam in its final months – the empty fells and rainy platforms, the gritty routine, hardworking freight as well as express passenger services. They will bring back nostalgic memories for those who remember the railway network in the 1960s, but also appeal to those who enjoy dramatic scenes of the Pennines and the industrial parts of northern England.
Richard Gaunt was born in Lancashire but grew up in Darlington. He attended QEGS Darlington and Corpus Christi College Cambridge with a working life covering the steel, construction and chemicals industries as well as local government and more than twenty years as a director of a research consultancy. He is an accomplished photographer – his work has appeared in The Guardian, Steam, Railway and in two books of photographs of steam engines from the 1960s. His first book for Fonthill Media was the acclaimed Steam Around Darlington: Railways in the North East in the 1960s.
Dimensions: 248 x 172 mm
Extent: 112 pages
Illustrations: 206 black-and-white photographs