The Last Years of Steam Around the East Midlands

Author(s): Michael Clemens 

ISBN: 9781781554289
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A unique collection of unpublished photographs from the 1950s and 1960s covering the railways of the East Midlands.

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  • Features a wealth of previously unpublished images, many in full colour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

The Last Years of Steam Around the East Midlands covers many of the railways across the area and the locomotives that worked over them. In the main, the time period covers the ten years or so from the late 1950s up to the end of steam working in the East Midlands.

In addition to steam locomotives, some of their diesel replacements will also be shown. A number of industrial locations will also be visited, and in particular, the book explores the now-closed Ironstone Railways of the East Midlands.

The photographs, a mixture of colour and black and white, come mostly from those taken by the author and his late father, with the balance coming from his father’s old friends. Most of the photographs have never been published, with all images accompanied by an extensive and informative commentary.

BOOK ISBN 9781781554289
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 144 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 November 2017
ILLUSTRATIONS 239 black-and-white and colour photographs



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.