60009 Union of South Africa

60009 Union of South Africa

Line by Line: Scotland

Line by Line: Scotland

Freight Trains of the Western Region in the 1980s

Publication Date15th May 2021

Book FormatPaperback

pages96

Illustrations180

Height234

Width165

A photographic record of the western region's rail freight scene during the interesting period of the 1980s.
RRP: £15.99 Online Price £14.39
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ISBN
9781398100503
From coal trains in South Wales to clay trains in Cornwall, there were still large numbers of unfitted and vacuum-braked wagons of various types in use across the Western Region at the start of the 1980s. However changes were taking place, and by 1984 the traditional wagon-load freight network had disappeared, and with it many yards were closed or rationalised. The replacement Speedlink Network conveyed modern air-braked wagons, many of them privately owned. Company block trains also connected freight customers across the Region, hauled by a variety of loco classes.

Between 1980 and 1986 Kevin Redwood was working in the Area Freight Centre at Bristol with a particular interest in freight traffic. On his days off he frequently travelled across the region to photograph the changing scene. His journeys took him to busy mainline locations like Didcot, as well as more obscure locations in South Wales and the West Country.
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