Author(s): Bernard Mills
2002 saw a radical change on the railways of Devon and Cornwall as this was the last year of daily locomotive-hauled passenger trains (other than the overnight London sleeper). These remaining workings were in the capable hands of the ubiquitous Class 47 diesel locomotives, which had plied their trade on the rails of the south west for four decades.
Devon and Cornwall: The Class 47 Years is a book of two halves: the first documenting their daily work on all manner of trains and lines in the area from 1966 onwards. The second half is a detailed examination of 2002, their last year in frontline passenger service in the West Country with a glimpse of other motive power, all of which is now history and a snapshot in time.
Some 180 colour photographs taken by the author take the reader on a chronological trip with much nostalgia and a host of unrepeatable scenes, which showcase many of the stunning locations to be found in the two counties.
|FORMAT||248 x 172 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||15 November 2017|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||182 colour photographs|
Bernard Mills, a lifelong railway enthusiast, historian and photographer, spent all his working life of forty-nine years on the railway. Retiring in July 2008, Mills continues to work part-time for First Great Western. Happily married, Mills lives in the delightful village of Buckland Monachorum in rural Devon. Founder member of the Plym Valley Railway, he had the honour of opening their new station at Plym Bridge in December 2012.