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Steam Railway (UK) - - A CELEBRATION OF STEAM PART ONE: THE ENGINE SHEDS -

BY MAU­RICE BURNS

• sil­veR liNk Pub­lisH­iNg

Great im­ages and en­ter­tain­ment. Noth­ing of note.

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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 mau­rice_burns2000@yahoo.com

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