Final Operations in the Southern Region and the Early Preservation Years
- David Reed
15th November 2021
This book contains previously unpublished photographs from the collection of David Reed, who set out to record the end of steam trains on British Rail’s Southern Region. Also recorded here are steam engines in the locomotive graveyards at Salisbury, Weymouth and Barry, as well as steam engines used by London Transport. The early steam preservation years are covered, including some locations that no longer exist: the Great Western Society at Taplow, Ashchurch, the Wallingford branch and the ‘Marlow Donkey’ Centenary all feature. The Longmoor Military Railway open days are pictured together with early years of the Dart Valley Railway at Buckfastleigh and Ashburton. The Didcot Railway Centre, Dinting Railway Centre, Ashford Steam Centre and the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Railway are also featured, along with the iconic Bluebell Railway.