Traction Times: A Second Selection

By Andrew Royle

On the basis that if a subject is popular the author and publisher are best advised not to tamper with it, the format again illustrates the wide range of motive power that came on to the British Railway scene to supplant steam traction. Some designs proved very successful (and may even still be seen at work today), whilst others struggled to last out a decade of use. Multiple units also saw winners and plenty of losers.

The photographers who captured images of the new diesels and electrics at the time, probably gave little thought to the fact that much of what they were recording would be regarded with great interest in the years to come.