The Last Years of Steam Around Worcester

Author(s): Michael Clemens 

ISBN: 9781781558690
£12.60 £18.00
A unique collection of unpublished photographs from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s covering railways around Worcester.

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  • Features a wealth of previously unpublished images, many in full colour

  • Features extended commentaries from the author, which are rich in detail

  • Of interest to train enthusiasts, local historians and modellers

Robert ‘Ellis’ James-Robertson lived in Worcester from the mid-1950s and travelled around the country, building-up a large railway archive. In the early 1960s, a few of Ellis’ photographs were published in books and magazines and the credit ‘R. E. James-Robertson’ may be familiar to some.

This book of mainly unpublished colour and mono photographs has been created entirely from his collection within a 35-mile radius of Worcester. It will appeal to railway enthusiasts, modellers and those with an interest in local history.

The period covered is from the mid-1950s through to the mid-1960s; steam is the predominant traction throughout together with occasional shots of early diesel power. Coverage includes parts of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, plus the Birmingham area.

Ellis passed on in April 2015 aged 92. His daughters contacted filmmaker and author Michael Clemens whose late father was a friend of Ellis. His collection lives on at shows around the country given by the author and now in this series of books using his photographic archive.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558690
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 128 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 181 Colour photographs throughout



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.