West Country Engine Sheds
The engine shed is an integral facet of railway operations, although hidden away from the ordinary passenger. At the height of the steam era there were several hundred engine sheds around the country. housing and maintaining locomotives. For generations of enthusiasts, locomotive sheds represented a domestic El Dorado - forbidden places that could normally only be accessed through organised tours.
Maurice Dart spent many years during the BR steam era travelling widely through the West Country lo record the scenes at engine sheds in the region. Drawing upon his own collection of photographs and those of other well-known photographers. he has compiled a fascinating pictorial tnbute to the many engine sheds that existed in the region. Featuring both the familiar sheds. such as Exmouth Junction and Plymouth Laira. and those that are now less well-known, such at Princetown and Helston, the book is a graphic reminder of the scale of the railway industry in the steam era and the nature of shed life in the period up to the end of main line steam in the 1960s.
Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white photographs, West Country Engine Sheds will be of interest to all those who recall with nostalgia the efforts made in the period to track down elusive locomotive numbers. It will also be of interest to all those fascinated by the history of railways in the West Country. as well as to local historians and to families whose forebears worked in the sheds or on locomotives.
Hardback, 96 pages, black & white and colour photographs
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