Steam, Soot and Rust Colin Garratt decline industrial raiways scrapyards
The Vale of Rheidol Railway

Steam, Soot and Rust Colin Garratt decline industrial raiways scrapyards

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Steam, Soot and Rust Colin Garratt decline industrial raiways scrapyards



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The disappearance of the steam locomotive in the land of its birth touched the hearts of millions, but when the government announced the Modernisation Plan for Britain's railways in 1955, under which steam was to be phased out in favour of diesel and electric traction, few people took it seriously. Steam locomotives were an integral part of our daily lives and had been for almost one and a half centuries. Furthermore, they were still being built in large numbers. It was popularly believed that they would see the century out and probably well beyond that.

But the reality was that by 1968 – a mere thirteen years after the Modernisation Plan – steam traction had disappeared from Britain's main line railways. It was harrowing to witness the breaking up of engines, which were the icons of their day, capable of working long-distance inter-city expresses weighing 400 tons on schedules faster than a mile a minute. Top speeds of 100mph were not unknown.

This book chronicles the last few years as scrap yards all over Britain went into overtime, cutting up thousands of locomotives and releasing a bounty of more than a million tons of scrap whilst the engines, which remained in service, were a shadow of their former selves; filthy, wheezing and clanking their way to an ignominious end.

The pictures in this book are augmented by essays written by Colin Garratt at the time. Although steam disappeared from the main line network it survives in ever–dwindling numbers on industrial systems such as collieries, ironstone mines, power stations, shipyards, sugar factories, paper mills and docks. In such environments steam traction eked out a further decade and during this time many of the industrial locations closed rendering the locomotives redundant. The British steam locomotive was born amid the coalfields and was destined to die there one and three quarter centuries later.
Pages: 172 h/b

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Item location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom


About Us

The Vale of Rheidol Railway (WelshRheilffordd Cwm Rheidol) is a 1ft 11 3/4 inches (603 mmnarrow gauge heritage railway that runs for 11 3?4 miles (18.9 km) between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge in the county of Ceredigion, Wales.

Until 
privatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on the nationalised British Rail network, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system. Unlike some other preserved railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed, with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002. 

The Railway is a charity, meaning the income it generates goes back into the railway, to aid in restoration and running of the steam locomotives. Buying through our online giftshop enables you to get the product you want but also donate to the railway and keep it alive.
 

Contact Us

 
Geraint Roberts
Vale of Rheidol Trading Ltd
Park Avenue
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 1PG
United Kingdom
Phone:01970 625819
Email:shop.rheidolrailway@gmail.com
Company registration number: 9146470
VAT number: GB 489240712

 

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