a PassiON fOR sTeaM ON THe seTTle & caRlisle liNe
BY MAURICE BURNS
• silveR liNk PublisHiNg
Great images and entertainment. Nothing of note.
PRICE: £20.00 (softback) £34.00 (hardback limited edition) RATING:
Maurice Burns will need little introduction to many readers, as a prolific photographer of BR steam’s final years and an accomplished preservationist with the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group – but this book offers a different ‘take’ on his photography.
While Maurice is perhaps best known for his engine-cleaning activities with the ‘Master Neverers Association’, here he tells how – years before the MNA came together – his determination to record the end of steam already knew no bounds.
Despite living on the opposite side of the country in Teesside, he would travel across the Pennines – often cycling, even in deep snow, and sometimes in pursuit of just one particular shot. Spending the night in the cabin at Garsdale water troughs, to be in position for an early morning local train starting from Garsdale that otherwise “may not have ever been photographed”, is just one example!
The photographs – covering the preservation era as well as BR days – are superb (though in my opinion, Silver Link’s sickly blue and yellow pages don’t go well with archive black and white shots), but such anecdotes make the book an entertaining read as well, especially in a milestone anniversary year for steam and the ‘S&C’.
A small number of limited edition hardback copies with an additional 32 pages are available from the author at email@example.com