The Railways of Devon and Cornwall Around the Early 1960s (paperback edition)

Author(s): Michael Clemens 

ISBN: 9781781557778
£13.29 £18.99
A unique collection of unpublished photographs from the late 1950s and early 1960s covering the railways of Devon and Cornwall.

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  • Features a wealth of previously unpublished images, many in full colour

  • Features much of Devon and Cornwall in stunning period detail

  • Also features extended commentaries from the author, rich in detail

The Railways of Devon and Cornwall Around the Early 1960s covers many of the lines across the two counties and the steam locomotives that worked over them. While there are main line photographs, this book mainly visits a selection of the now largely vanished secondary routes and branch lines. The early 1960s also saw the change from steam to diesel power, so the WR hydraulics and first generation DMUs also make an appearance. In the main, the time period is the eight years or so from 1958 until 1966.

This book will appeal to railway enthusiasts, modellers and those interested in local history. Coverage includes: The Exe Valley branch, The Culm Valley branch, The Teign Valley branch, Lyme Regis, Seaton Junction, Sidmouth Junction, Exeter, Crediton, Okehampton, Barnstaple, Torrington to Halwill, Bude and its harbour branch, The North Cornwall Railway to Wadebridge and Padstow, The Launceston and South Devon branch, Plymouth, The Looe branch, Bodmin, Wenford Bridge, Newquay to Par, Falmouth, The Helston branch and concludes at Penzance.

Virtually all of the photographs, a combination of monochrome and colour, have never been published before and all were taken by the author, his father, or his friend Alan Maund.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557778
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 128 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 5 December 2019
ILLUSTRATIONS 210 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.