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Notwithstanding the quiet revolution that was taking place at Crewe under the stewardship of Mr Stanier it was to Doncaster that eyes often turned in the 1930s and where the products of Mr Gresley were emerging and often breaking records as they did.
Similar of course to the LMS, the LNER had been an amalgam of different railway companies in 1923 and yet there had been continuity in locomotive development with Gresley able to continue and develop his ideas meaning the LNER was a place of eye catching endeavour especially with the advent of the streamline A4 class in the 1930s.
Here for the first time we are able to see the camera wielding exploits of one photographer, George Barlow. A man who recorded the new, the old, the interesting and the unusual, presented in authoritative form with detailed captions. We even have the massive P2s, at work and under test!
Out of necessity picture books on the railways of generations past are restricted when it comes to the choice of images available; consequently a new collection is welcome, and this is what we have here in this selection from the George Barlow collection held at The Transport Treasury.
What also makes this collection so remarkable is that it is not restricted to loco only portraits, as George was adept at moving train shots as well. We are indeed fortunate his collection has survived and may be appreciated by a wider audience.
|24 × 18.5 cm
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