Scottish Railways in the 1960s

Author(s): Michael Clemens 

ISBN: 9781781557617
A unique collection of unpublished photographs from the 1950s and 1960s covering the railways of Scotland.

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  • Features a wealth of previously unpublished images, many in full colour

  • Features extended commentaries from the author that are rich in detail

  • Of interest to train enthusiasts, local historians and modellers 

Scottish Railways in the 1960s makes a clockwise journey around the country visiting many long-closed railways, branch lines, a few industrial locations, plus the locomotives that worked over them.

Locations seen include Alloa, Alva, Auchtermuchty, Ayr, Ballachulish, Beattock, Brechin, Burghead, Dumfries, Callander, Carstairs, Castle Douglas, Coalburn, Douglas, Drongan, Duns, Edinburgh, Elgin, Fort William, Georgemas Junction, Glasgow, Gleneagles, Greenock, Hawick, Helmsdale, High Blantyre, Inverness, Killin, Kilmarnock, Larkhall, Lennoxtown, Lesmahagow, Lugar, Montrose, Muirkirk, Paisley, Rannoch, Stonehouse, Stranraer, Thurso and Turriff.

The time period is mainly between 1958 and 1966, and steam motive power largely dominates except in the far north. This beautifully illustrated book will appeal to railway enthusiasts, modellers and those interested in local history.

Most of the photographs have never previously been published and all were taken by the author, his father, and Alan Maund. An extensive and informative commentary accompanies the photographs.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557617
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 128 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 12 December 2019
ILLUSTRATIONS 218 colour photographs (some black and white)



Michael Clemens and his late father in the 1950s and 1960s lived in Worcestershire, but travelled all over Britain, from Penzance to the north of Scotland, filming many now long closed railways and the steam locomotives that worked on them. The movie film collection, the largest of its kind in the UK, has been released by the author on thirty videos starting in the 1990s. The author’s website can be visited at and contains many hundreds of pages of railway memorabilia. This is his first book for Fonthill Media. Other titles in the series include: The Last Years of Steam Around Central Wales and The Last Years of Steam in Shropshire and the Severn Valley – all published by Fonthill Media in 2013.