Steam Around Darlington: Railways in the North East in the 1960s

Author(s): Richard Gaunt 

ISBN: 9781781551868
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Unique photographs which capture the atmosphere of steam’s last months in the North East, coupled with facts and entertaining recollections of what it was like to be travelling and photographing the railways around Darlington, Durham, Sunderland and Hartlepools in the 1960s.

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This book looks back to the time when steam locomotives were the dominant form of power on the railways in the North East of England – as they had been for over a century. But in a few short years, this era had been brutally ended – not just on British Railways but on the many private and ‘industrial’ lines in the area too.

Richard Gaunt’s evocative photographs bring back the pain of that period, but also the style and the drama from steam’s last few years. Shot mainly in the Darlington, Sunderland and Hartlepool areas, they cover not only the glamorous expresses, but the seemingly endless heavy freight and shunting operations seen throughout the region and too often overlooked.

This book will bring back powerful memories for those who know the area around this time, but also appeal to readers with more general interests in railway matters – and those who simply enjoy dramatic photographs of industrial scenes.

BOOK ISBN 9781781551868
FORMAT 275 x 215 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 112 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 November 2012
ILLUSTRATIONS 250 black-and-white photographs



Richard Gaunt was born in Lancashire but grew up in Darlington, attending QEGS Darlington, then Corpus Christi College Cambridge. His career has included posts in the chemicals, steel, construction, local government and consultancy industries – most recently as a director of a policy research consultancy. He started taking an interest in railways at an early age, and is an accomplished photographer with work appearing in The Guardian, Steam Railway and elsewhere.