The Last Years of Steam Around the Midlands: From the Photographic Archive of the Late A. J. Maund (paperback edition)

Author(s): Michael Clemens 

ISBN: 9781781556146
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A unique collection of unpublished photographs from the 1950s and 1960s covering the railways around the Midlands.

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Alan Maund lived in Worcestershire all his life and had an enthusiasm for steam. He travelled extensively in Britain and built up a large railway photographic archive from the late 1950s onwards. This book is made up entirely of Alan’s collection of photographs from across the Midlands. It will appeal to railway enthusiasts, modellers, and those with an interest in local history.

Alan started using colour film in 1959 and colour slides make up the majority of the photographs. Many enthusiasts in this era had a policy of filming steam only and ignoring the new diesel interlopers, but not Alan; they do make appearances, even including some early electric classes.

A particular passion of Alan’s was small industrial steam locomotives, and he restored a Kerr Stuart ‘Wren’ class 0-4-0 to working order between 1959 and 1961. So in addition to larger British Railways locomotives, their smaller relations are also seen across the Midlands.

Alan passed on in 1982 and his widow, Wendy, gave Alan’s collection of railway photographs to film-maker and author Michael Clemens, whose late father was a friend of Alan’s. Alan’s collection lives on today at film shows around the country and now in this book.

BOOK ISBN 9781781556146
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 128 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS Colour photographs throughout



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.