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When it became apparent that steam on Britain's railways was to disappear forever, many railway photographers began recording on film what was a rapidly disappearing scene. One of these individuals was the late John Walter Page. He rejected his fishing rods in favour of his camera and recorded the Western Region in transition during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Never previously published, Page's photographs are an evocative reminder of that era 40 years ago when steam was being rapidly displaced by the new diesel traction. Compiled and captioned by his son, Darren, Western Steam Farewell provides readers with a vivid portrait of the final years of Western Region steam, from the top-link express passenger services to the heavy freight turns. Coming from the Birmingham area, Page's local bias is evident, but during these years he travelled widely over the WR network, recording the scenes as he saw them. A nostalgic and enduring portrait for all steam devotees.
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