There was little change in the eastern England railways before the widespread cuts of Dr Breeching, and others, after the year 1959. Modern diesel traction failed to save many local railways, meaning vast areas of the East Anglia are now devoid of them.
It was “too little, too late”. There were only a few short years where diesels train operated in the Eastern region. Thanks to the vivid photography of the likes of Dick Riley and Dr Ian C Allen, we can now feast our eyes on the images from the brief period in history.
Alan Butcher, a railways enthusiast and East Anglia resident, brings the images to life with his expertise of the area.
The book covers two distinct yet conjoined parts of history – early diesels and long closed lines.
It contains 112 pages of unashamed nostalgia depicting a railway system in transition.
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