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Britain’s Declining Secondary Railways Through the 1960s : The Blake Paterson Collection

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This is an evocative selection of high quality color views, each of which recaptures the lost age of Britain's branch lines and secondary railways, of which so many were axed following implementation of the 'Beeching Report' during the 1960s.

Most importantly, the previously unpublished views in this book are the work of one man, Blake Paterson, a professional railway man, who was also an outstanding photographer who some forty-five years ago was determined to record as much of the passing railway scene as possible. He set himself demanding schedules and would often travel vast distances, sometimes using overnight trains, to reach the more remote comers of the rail network.

During this intense period of photographic activity, when he took thousands of color slides, he followed his own strict rules. He would normally only take a photograph when the sun was shining and he would try to capture the train in its natural setting. For Blake, ambiance was paramount.

This book is a unique record of one man's railway portraits, featuring a wealth of locations, steam and diesel locomotives, DMUs, stations and station buildings, halts, signals, gas lamps, infrastructure, staff and passengers. Anything that was set to vanish, Blake felt should be recorded. His photographs provide a perfect pictorial record of so many of the lost splendors of Britain’s rail network.
Genre: Transportation
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Kevin Mccormack Mccormack
Language: English
Street Date: February 19, 2017
TCIN: 51707245
UPC: 9781473860292
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-1537
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