Author: Neil Parkhouse
Published: 2018, 2nd edition
Format: Hardback, 328 pages
The verdant and picturesque county of Gloucestershire was once served by a maze of railway lines, most of which have long since been closed. Even on those lines still open, almost all of the intermediate stations have disappeared from the railway map. Fortunately, the varied combinations of scenery and differing railway architecture attracted the attention of a good number of photographers many of whom, from the late 1950s, began working with colour transparencies in an era when the majority of railway pictures were still being taken on black & white film. Never before has the medium of colour been used to try and illustrate in detail the railway system of a particular area.
Within these pages, author Neil Parkhouse has assembled a breathtaking array of colour images, mainly of the early 1960s, collected assiduously over a period of more than ten years, which are coupled with maps, tickets, WTT extracts and other ephemera to paint a picture of the railways of West Gloucestershire and the Wye Valley as they existed mostly over fifty years ago.
In what will be the first of six volumes which will eventually cover the county completely (whilst also straying across the borders into neighbouring counties to complete journeys), the aim has been to show the infrastructure – stations, signal boxes, goods yard, engine sheds – which has been lost, as much as the trains and their motive power. Along the way, some of the other locations which were once railway served – such as docks, quarries and industrial works – are also illustrated.