Author: David Mather
Publisher: Silver Link Publishing LTD
Includes 'West Somerset Railway Souvenir Guide'.
When the now legendary 'Fifteen Guinea Special' completed its journey in August 1968 it was intended to mark the end of steam on British Railways' main-line network, leaving the few preserved lines that were then being developed as the only places where the many thousands of enthusiasts could savour memories of the age of steam. In fact, it was not to be the end - far from it! Thanks to vast amounts of hard work, dedication and enthusiasm, the giants of steam and the many lines on which they once ran refused to die.
In this book David Mather recounts the story of the rise of Britain's standard gauge heritage railway scene from its early beginnings in the 1960s through to the present day. In the first section he tells the story of how steam returned to the main line in what proved to be far from straightforward process. The second section illustrates the growth of the movement through more than 25 'biographies' of selected preserved lines and railway heritage centres. More than 300 illustrations taken by David and fellow enthusiasts over the years provide the reader with a fascinating variety of locations and time periods stretching back over 50 years.