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This is an evocative selection of high quality colour views - each of which recaptures the lost age of Britains 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 Most importantly - the previously unpublished views in this book are the work of one man - Blake Paterson - a professional railwayman - who was also an outstanding photographer who some forty-five years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 colour 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 mans 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 splendours of Britains rail network....
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