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East Anglia and The East Coast Railways 1940s to 1960s

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A collection of photographs taken over 20 years documenting over 150 locomotives from 43 classes at more than 40 locations around East Anglia and on the East Coast Main Line.

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The 1950s and 1960s was a time of profound cultural and technological transformation. With images and vivid recollections, we journey back to post-war East Anglia and the East Coast Main Line with many locations changed beyond recognition. Trackside, at busy stations, and in and around depots, an evolving mood is revealed in pictures.

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. 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.

This collection of photographs taken over 20 years documents over 150 locomotives from 43 classes at more than 40 locations, organised in a series of tours heading south from York on the East Coast main line, and exploring the routes of East Anglia between 1948 and 1968.

People, machines and landscapes are crystalized on film for future generations; reawakening memories for those who lived through this time of change and offering a fascinating insight for those who are too young to have been trackside during this intriguing period of railway history.

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