Midland Archive Vol 1 Images from the R C Riley Archive

By Peter Sikes

This is the first foree ‘north of the Thames’ in the R C Riley archive. Starting in 1937 Dick Riley captured over 18,000 black and white UK railway images, only a small proportion of these photographs have ever been seen. Hopefully, that may be addressed with volume one of ‘Midland Archive’, part of a series dedicated to specific railway themes. It is clear to see that Dick had a passion for all things railway - locomotives, trains of all kinds, infrastructure, and railway staff. You will find examples of all of these in this book, showcasing some of the best of his photography as well as a fascinating selection of his images recorded from 1954 to 1965.