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Shrewsbury To Chester

Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith    [Publisher:  Middleton Press  2012]    Hardback    96 pages

The standard "Middleton Treatment" for a still busy part of the Great Western's erstwhile main line to Birkenhead. The photographs are well chosen to show the variety of trains and traffic over the route over the years, including the recent imaginatively conceived direct service to Marylebone.

£24.95
T.E. Williams The Lost Colour Collection Volume 1

John Jennings    [Publisher:  Irwell Press  2017]    Hardback    124 pages

A glorious large format colour album, depicting the steam railway in its Post War heyday. The photographer lived in Stratford Upon Avon and the pictures tend to be Great Western and central UK, but with excursions to further afield. The pictures have been restored from slides and the resulting images are very fine, with the colour reproduction and printing also being carried out to a high standard. Whilst many shots are "traditional" 3/4 views, they are nonetheless full of interest, showing good details of rolling stock and even the loads being carried, all in very natural colours. The lineside is also well featured, a particular pleasure being the views of the SMJ station at Stratford together with the late through freight workings on the line. There are a very few "foreign" subjects, including the S&D, East Coast Pacifics and a superb shot of an LM Garratt awaiting attention at Crewe Works. All in all this is a magnificent pictorial record of the steam railway, before terminal dilapidation permeated everything as steam traction was hastily abandoned.