Author:   Derek Gawn & Nick Halewood
Published:   2021
Format:   Hardback, 296 pages

Status:   In Stock



The Times they are a-changin by Derek Gawn and Nick Halewood. The year is 1965, the place, the Isle of Wight, when two youngsters, one a schoolboy, one a university student, set out in their own individual ways, unknown to each other, to record the dying days of the Island’s steam railways.

Derek Gawn, not even yet a teenager, encouraged by a local historian, picks up his notebook and pen to chart the events of the era, never for one second thinking that one day his jottings may interest others. Nick Halewood, seven years Derek’s senior, has just purchased his first ‘grown up’ camera. With it he goes on to record a fascinating collection of nigh on 500 images of the two surviving lines, some from rarely seen locations accessed simply by trudging along the tracks themselves.

The times were a-changin’, nowhere less than on the Island’s steam railways, where three short years saw a transition from a triumphant final full-blown swansong (1965), through a dispiriting truncated curtain call (1966), to the swift ousting of the ‘old guard’ (1967).

This book provides a guide of the final curtain call of the Isle of Wight’s steam railways. Follow their teenage journey on the railways with tales, memories and amusing stories. Includes 300 photographs.

The book is limited to 500 copies so pre-order your copy today to avoid disappointment.