The Last Days of Steam in Surrey and Sussex
Throughout the Southern Region a web of cross-country and branch lines, not electrified under the Modernisation Plan, lingered on with steam power well into the 19605 Nowhere was this contrast between the old and the new more marked than in Surrey and Sussex. Here, on the Guildford Horsham line and other cross country routes and on the lines radiating from Oxted to the coast, could be seen much of the older stock still drawn by steam, while not for away new electric engines sped silently along At Brighton octogenarian Terriers ran alongside Bulled 'Pacific' locomotives, and even on main and suburban routes electrified before World War II o few steam hauled trains were still to be seen Here too were reminders of abandoned passenger lines that survived with steam powered freight trains right up until the Beaching period, and summer excursions brought a varied assortment of stock to south coast resorts. On the Bluebell and the Kent and East Sussex railway there is every sign that steam will continue into the twenty-first century
David Fereday Glenn has brought together over 150 of the best photographs, which, with his informative and evocative captions, give a vivid portrayal of the counties of Surrey and Sussex during the lost days of steam. There ore glimpses of the engines and the drivers, of the signals and the stations at the many places passed along the lines
A fascinating photographic record of an era now gone and lost for ever. The Last Days of Steam in Surrey and Sussex will be of interest to all enthusiasts.
Hardback with dust jacket, 128 pages, black & white photographs
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