Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Recalling the glory days of railways

Britain had some lovely steam trains in the old days - both locomotives and carriages - and their spirit lives on with the country's many preservation lines. Unlike steam locomotives in continential Europe which were nearly all black, those of Britain came in a mix of black, dark green, maroon and occasional dark blue.

The Bluebell Railway (15 km in length) is one of the earliest and best known museum operations in the UK and what it may lack in scenic highlights (compared with, say, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway) it more than makes up for with the variety of locomotives and rolling stock. This is also the only railway that is 100% steam.

This book is one of a series of colour portraits of these preservation lines from photographer Matt Allen which demonstrate why steam railways attract so many followers.

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