The heart of the British railway system was London. Traffic was drawn and dispersed to places in Scotland, Wales, Ireland and all over England, not forgetting the intense suburban services for commuters to the capital. As a result, the area was fascinating for the rail enthusiast owing to the various locomotives at work there.
The Last Years of London Steam celebrates the years 1948-1967 when steam still ruled in the capital using over 200 high-quality colour and black-and-white images. Many of the ‘Big Four’ companies’ designs are featured: Great Western Railway; London Midland & Scottish Railway; London & North Eastern Railway; Southern Railway. In addition, there are survivors from before Grouping which were still employed, as well as the Standard Classes of British Railways. London Transport also used steam locomotives until the early 1970s and examples are included in this collection.
Many locations around London are featured, including the great termini – King’s Cross, Euston, Marylebone, Paddington, Liverpool Street, Waterloo and Victoria – whilst looking at local stations, junctions and general points from the lineside. Also, the locomotives have been caught at the major sheds in the capital – Nine Elms, Old Oak Common, Neasden, Willesden, Bricklayers Arms and Stratford.
As the capital was such a diverse railway environment, The Last Years of London Steam offers an engrossing record of those lost glorious days.