Rail­way cap­tured in all its sea­sons

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

A NEW book on a his­toric steam rail­way has hit the shelves. Au­thor Hugh Nightin­gale has gath­ered more than 140 of his colour pho­to­graphs, taken over 30 years, for the book, The Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way, pub­lished by Hals­grove. Mr Nightin­gale, of Kingsnorth, Ash­ford, said: “The old­est photo goes back to Septem­ber 1978 and they go right through to the spring of 2008. “Hals­grove, the largest pub­lisher of re­gional books in the UK, wanted some­thing that was fairly up to date.” The book, which took six months to put to­gether, fea­tures a va­ri­ety of photography – film and dig­i­tal – and shows dif­fer­ent as­pects of the rail­way. Mr Nightin­gale, a trus­tee of the Ter­rier Trust which owns one en­gine out­right and 80 per cent of an­other, said: “The book is the first all-colour al­bum of the rail­way in the preser­va­tion/her­itage era and fea­tures the rail­way in all sea­sons and var­i­ous en­gines and host­ing spe­cial events. “It will be of in­ter­est to en­thu­si­asts, peo­ple who know the line and those who live in the area. “I didn’t want to just pic­ture trains in bright sun­shine, but cap­ture the events that hap­pen.”

The Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way is pub­lished by Hals­grove and is priced £14.99. It is avail­able from Water­stone’s, on­line and from the rail­way shop.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd 1519614

Train au­thor Hugh Nightin­gale with his new book

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