The Last Years of North East Steam contains 270 superb colour and black and white photographs of steam locomotives working in and around the North East from the late 1950s to the end of steam in the region. Featured are the well-known areas such as Newcastle, Sunderland, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Blyth, Stockton, Durham, Washington, Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street, Alnwick and Alnmouth.
There are stunning scenes captured by very competent amateur photographers at stations, sheds and from the line-side. It has to be remembered that the quality of colour slides was not assured at the period covered and only the best have been included here after many hours of sifting through hundreds of examples.
Several of the Region’s well-known classes are included. Amongst them are the Raven Q6; Worsdell J27; Gresley A3, A4, V2, A1/V3; Thompson B1; Peppercorn A1 and K1; BR 9F. The many locomotives employed at collieries are presented, such as those resident at Ashington, Easington, Lambton, Philadelphia and Wearmouth.
Docks and Staithes are featured: Tyne Improvement Commission Quay; Stockton Tyne Tees Wharf; Lambton Staithes.
The book also illustrates the many industrial locomotives formerly used in numbers at steel works, such as Consett and Jarrow Metal Industries.
The captions are informative without containing too much railway jargon and will be enlightening to a wide range of readers.