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Quainton News archive - Quainton News No. 34 - Spring 1978

Metropolitan Steam Pictorial - A Book Review

The popular Truro publishing house, D Bradford Barton Ltd, have produced a splendid book titled 'The Last Years of Metropolitan Steam' in which almost all the photography is by our member, Henry Casserley.

There can be no doubt about the book becoming a prized possession of many Quainton Society members because there are so many delightful illustrations of the Brill branch trains among the 96 pages of black and white photographs. Added to the joys of those taken in the sylvan setting at Wood Siding there are numerous glorious views of trains to Aylesbury and to Verney Junction headed by the F Class 0-6-2T's, the G Class 0-6-4T's, the big H Class 4-4-4T's and those firm favourites, the K Class 2-6-4T's, 111 to 116. Not only do the locomotives make excellent subjects but to those who travelled the lines in the days of steam the backgrounds evoke happy memories of the services which were once a part of our daily lives. Shed scenes at Neasden yard, trains on the Chesham branch, photographs of the less well known shunting tank engines and illustrations of virtually every class of LNER, LMS and BR engine working on the Met steam services in latter days complete the contents of a beautifully produced volume. It is available at the Quainton bookshop at £3.95 [Note 1] which, for 104 photographs, is surely excellent value.

1 - Obviously we can no longer supply this item at the price offered in 1978, if at all!

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1978 and so does not reflect events in the 37+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Metropolitan Steam Pictorial - A Book Review - Quainton News No. 34 - Spring 1978

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