8 Norfolk steam trains from the 50s and 60s
PUBLISHED: 14:15 03 December 2020 | UPDATED: 13:24 15 December 2020
New book celebrates steam locomotive era in East Anglia and on the East Coast railways
The 1950s and 1960s was a time of profound cultural and technological transformation, especially on the railways. In the 1950s, railway pride and optimism overcame staff shortages, returning locomotives to pre-war performance and introducing modern BR standard classes. By the 1960s, fiscal efficiency and the dawning diesel era turned pride to neglect of steam; sparkling steel, brass and tallow gave way to dust, rust and flaking paint and heroic workhorses were lost to scrap.
As the mood turned to melancholy, just a few of these great workhorses became pets – polished, loved, and cared for by dedicated railway workers and a growing band of enthusiastic volunteers.
A new book has just been published looking at the east side of the country, including Norfolk and Suffolk, charts the era trackside, at busy stations, and in and around depots, revealing the evolving mood. It has around 180 photos and is sure to delight anyone who loves the ‘golden era’ of steam.
East Anglia and the East Coast Railways The Late 1940s to Late 1960s Brian Reading and Ian Reading, £14.99 from Amberley Publishing.