B.R. Diesel Traction in Scotland
End of Line
Publisher: Clyard Novella Ltd.
Book Condition: Very Good
A profusely illustrated black and white A4 hardback album published 18th September 2010, depicting the advent and duration of diesel traction on the railways of Scotland under the aegis of British Railways, from the mid 1950’s until 1993.The book comprises 308 pages and contains 697 photographs of every type of diesel traction which was used in Scotland throughout that time. It is divided into twelve sections showing various types of train consists, stations, junctions, sheds, yards, railbuses, DMU’s and even some scenes of dismantling. Both endpapers contain maps of the system in Scotland circa 1960, before the contraction of the Beeching era.Every main line in Scotland on which diesel traction operated is featured in the book, along with the many branch lines and rumps of track which were left to linger under the doomed rhetoric of “freight only” status. Locations feature hundreds of scenes from Wick to Stranraer, and Mallaig to Peterhead. Main line views and branch line views (e.g. a class 20 shunting at Kilsyth). A comprehensive index lists alphabetically the vast number of different places and the specific types of traction shown the photographs. Some views even include examples of several types of steam traction then sharing the network with the diesel interlopers during the transition period which resulted in the elimination of steam on the railways of Scotland by the end of 1967.