The Last Years of Lancashire Steam


By Peter Tuffrey

Publication June 2024

A beautiful hardback book, featuring 188 stunning photographs of locomotives on the railways of Lancashire in the final years of steam traction

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The historic county of Lancashire saw the birth of modern railways when the Liverpool & Manchester Railway opened in 1830.  Thereafter, the county developed a complex network of lines serving passengers, businesses and industries of the area.  The ‘Beeching Axe’ cut several railways in the 1960s and Lancashire was where the British steam era came to an end on 11th August 1968.

The Last Years of Lancashire Steam charts the area under British Railways from the early 1950s to 1968.  Using nearly 200 excellent colour and black-and-white images, the collection features routes around Liverpool and Manchester, which later split from the county as part of the Local Government Act 1972, as well as places such as: Accrington; Aintree; Bacup; Blackburn, Blackpool; Bolton; Burnley; Bury; Carnforth; Fleetwood; Gorton; Horwich; Lancaster; Lostock Hall; Morecambe; Oldham; Patricroft; Preston; Rochdale; Salford; Southport; Warrington; Widnes; Wigan.

Captured at stations, sheds, the lineside and industrial locations, the steam locomotives featured consist of many ex-London Midland & Scottish Railway designs.  These include Stanier’s Pacifics, 4-6-0s, 2-8-0s and 2-6-4Ts, Fowler’s 4-6-0s, 0-6-0s and 0-6-0Ts, Fairburn 2-6-4Ts and Hughes 2-6-0s. Supporting these in the county were BR’s new Standard Classes – Britannia Pacific, Class 5 and 4 4-6-0s,
Class 2 2-6-0, 9F 2-10-0. Some of the London & North Western and Lancashire & Yorkshire engines survived into the BR period, as did ex-Great Central Railway locomotives on the Cheshire Lines Committee routes.  At industrial locations 0-6-0ST and 0-4-0ST engines were favoured.

As an interesting and vibrant place for railways, Lancashire attracted many enthusiasts, both local and tourists, in the 1950s and 1960s.  A number had their cameras on hand to record a transitional time in British history which has thankfully allowed this collection to be presented.

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