The Steam Railway Western Scotland

The Steam Railway Western Scotland


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W A C ‘Bill’ Smith was a prolific photographer of steam locomotives, as well as Clyde Steamers and Trams. He travelled extensively throughout Scotland during the 1950s and 1960s recording the changes as the older pre-grouping steam classes disappeared, to be replaced by the new Standard types and even more modern diesel power. His photographs also depict much of the infrastructure which was similarly being demolished or replaced at the same time, as well the environment through which steam railways passed, ranging from Glasgow tenements, through wild moorlands to dramatic Highland scenes.

His other claim to fame was as the organiser of many railtours which covered Scotland during the same period, often covering backwaters and lightly used branch or freight lines.

Bill’s images encompass much variety, from graceful 4-4-0s, often in beautifully clean conditions, to the work-stained Caledonian and North British 0-6-0s, many of which, after long working lives, ended their days carrying out the same duties for which they were designed – hauling coal trains around the unsung and little-photographed colliery and steelworks lines of Lanarkshire and Ayrshire.

The workhorses of passenger traffic – LNER’s B1s, V2s and LMS Black 5s, as well as examples of express passenger power from both companies and the newer BR standard types, are also portrayed, along with out-of-the-public-eye industrial steam workings. Bill’s photos are brought to life with captions written by the three compilers, all of whom have first-hand experience of railway operations in Western Scotland.

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Weight 540 g
Dimensions 27.3 × 21.5 cm









273 x 215 mm



1 review for The Steam Railway Western Scotland

  1. 4 out of 5

    Craig McIntosh

    I always look forward to any book on Scottish Railway subjects published by The Transport Treasury and immediately bought this book the moment it came out. I am a big fan of the photographer WAC Smith and have been for many, many years and a keen collector of his Scottish photographs.
    The photographs in this book did not disappoint me, but what I did find rather annoying was the space given to the long and frankly boring (to me) captions on each page which took up a lot of page space which could have been taken up by a photograph. A good percentage of the buyers of the book would already be familiar with the locomotive , location and duties of the subjects and extended captions which take up a lot of space tend to be not needed so lets have more photographs.
    On looking through my previous purchases of books from The Transport Treasury the captions are short but informative and that, in my opinion is all that is required.
    Having said all that I look forward to more such books from the treasury.

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