Stephen Mourton

Gloucestershire Steam Finale

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Although regular steam workings survived on Gloucestershire's railways until 1966, many of the county's best-loved lines and services had already disappeared from the timetables. Fortunately, the excellent scenery found on lines in the county meant that railway photographers were keen to record steam trains here before they passed into history. Some parts were quite extensively photographed - around Chipping Campden on the Worcester to Oxford line; the auto-train workings in the Stroud Valley; around the Gloucester stations; the ex-Midland Railway Bristol - Birmingham main line, while lines with sparse services, such as in the Forest of Dean, were less well recorded in colour, but this book does manage to include rarely photographed locations. A good number of contributors have ensured that there is a very worthwhile selection of evocative pictures of the final years of steam in Gloucestershire. 82 full colour photos.