By Colin Alexander
Published by Amberley
96 pages, colour, 235x165mm, softback. £14.99
THIS is a picture and caption format book that takes a nostalgic look back to the railways around Newcastle during the period of huge change that was the 1970s and 80s.
It is filled with mostly modern traction shots, but with a few preserved and industrial steam
as well. There are mostly two photos per page, adding up to around 180
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It is fair to say the quality of the image printing is only just acceptable – but the choice and
range of shots used does make up for that.
‘Peaks’, ‘37s’, ‘40s’ and ‘Deltics’ form a large part of the photos – not forgetting the ‘03’ shunters associated with Newcastle at the time – plus the rundown of local services alongside Tyneside is charted as it was converted to the Tyne & Wear Metro.
Overall it is an interesting collection and read, with some rare shots thrown in – such as the prototype HS4000 Kestrel and later an APT at Newcastle station.
Read more reviews, news, letters and features in the March issue of RE – out now!