Further Along the Tracks: More Reflections of a London Locospotter

Author(s): Geoff Bannister 

ISBN: 9781781557099
£11.89 £16.99

A locomotive enthusiast continues his reminiscences of the early 1960s.
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  • Further details of visits to sheds and works in the early Sixties Selected preservation-era views of locomotives from the 1990s onwards
  • All photographs are previously unpublished and from the author’s private collection
  • Descriptions of rail journeys and lineside observations in pursuit of his hobby 

Geoff Bannister came to London from Burnley in Lancashire as a nine-year old having developed an interest in buses and trams at a very early age and remained in south-west London for the next 45 years. As a teenager, he took up locospotting by joining a small group of fellow enthusiasts who met regularly by the lineside at Clapham Junction and for ten years, avidly followed his hobby.

For the first half of that decade, his hobby was centered largely close to London due to his young age and money restrictions except for rare trips further afield.

In Further Along the Tracks: More Reflections of a London Locospotter, he describes his later experiences: visiting stations; lineside watching, bunking sheds; and making further official trips to depots and works. He gives us a spotters-eye view of the changes to British Railways (BR) at the time: steam locomotive construction coming to an end, the Modernisation Plan gradually developing, and seeing elderly locomotives at the end of their service life.

Halfway through the ten-year period, Bannister acquired his first camera and uses these photographs, some of them taken at a later date, to illustrate his exploits in the early years of his hobby.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557099
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 128 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 29 November 2018
ILLUSTRATIONS to be announced



Geoff Bannister grew up in Burnley, Lancashire, and moved to London at the age of nine. He remained in the area for forty-five years, retiring to Minehead in 1994 after working in a secondary school teaching mathematics and computing for over thirty years. He has been interested in transport from about the age of seven and other interests include dog walking, photography, classical music and computing. Bannister is a committed Christian and has worked with young people in Baptist churches in Wandsworth and Minehead.