Steam Across the Regions

A Pictorial Rail Journey Through Britain

David Knapman

Date Published :
December 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
200 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526763945

Dimensions : 11 X 8.5 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-OrderPages : 128


This is the third volume by David Knapman, using photographs from his extensive collection.

This book looks at the steam era on all the former British Railways regions, through the lens of a young railway photographer in the 1960s.

The author originally lived on the Southern Region, but as the result of a family move ended up living on the former Great Eastern Railway in Essex.

David Knapman was lucky, in that he was able to access London from his home and photograph steam traction at most of the London Terminus stations, as well as taking pictures at other locations in the London and home counties area, before venturing further afield, to other parts of Britain.

This is an offering of his work as a young railway photographer in the 1960s, before the diesel and electric invasion, that marked the end of the steam era.

About The Author

Aged five, David Knapmans railway interest was triggered at Reigate station by a Wainwright 4.4.0. Reading his fathers pre-war Railway magazines and regularly taking Trains Illustrated fostered a lifelong interest. The Reading Redhill line provided much steam interest and early main line trips included the Bristolian and the Kentish Belle in 1958. Photography started with a Brownie Box camera, which was soon overtaken by a 35mm Agfa Silette. A move to Brentwood and a career as a Chartered Accountant enabled the steam interest to flourish further and main line runs today still enthrall. The author hopes his photographs prove to be of much interest to the reader. Floreat Vapor!

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