Once again we dip into our Archives to find another selection of gritty end of steam images and some equally gritty comment reflecting those final precious days of steam on British Railways.

Ken describes some more humorous footplate tales and experiences with some colorful characters he used to work with. But after steam ended on the main line in the UK, there was still plenty to be found elsewhere in Europe, particularly France and surprisingly Austria.

Very few pictures have been published covering this area we visited, and where possible we have employed our stylized and creative slant, which to my knowledge has never been deployed on foreign steam photography at that time.

We also take a look at the industrial scenes to be found in County Durham and the Northumberland Coal Field, finishing with some early Return to Steam images of the late 70s and early 80s of steam in the northern Fells. The Format will be the same as Vol 1 but with more pages!

Ted Parker & Ken Horan

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November 10, 2014

For those of you who cannot buy OPL on line we now have a number of shops stocking the book. Ian Allen Books LtdManchester Piccadilly Station Approach, M1 2GHLondon Waterloo,45-46 Lower Marsh, SE1 7RG Bill Hudson Transport Books, Matlock Station Yard, DE4 3NA Guisborogh Book Shop, 4 Chaloner St, Guisborough, TS14 6QD Bookworm of Retford, Spa Lane, Retford DN22 6EA North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering & Grosmont, N Yorkshire Great Central Railway, Loughbrough, Leics Hudsons Music, 5 Market Place, Chesterfield Nigel Bird Books, Brynhir, Llwynygroes, Tregaron, Wales, SY25 6PY Peak Rail, Darley, Dale Derbyshire Continue Reading →

On Parallel Lines, Volume 2

November 10, 2014

With volume 1 now totally sold out both Ken and I have been totally overwhelmed with your compliments and request for a second edition. So, here we go again! There were many pictures we wanted to include in the last edition which we simply couldn’t find room for, and I remember saying to Ken “we could do a book with the alternative shots alone” please note I didn’t say rejects! Volume 2 starts with those halcyon days back in the mid 60s again pretty much like we did in volume 1 visiting the usual haunts of Preston and Manchester etc, we have tried to create the real atmosphere of the decay that was to engulf what was left of the steam... Continue Reading →