British Rail Scene: The 1970s and early 1980s in Photographs


Publisher: The History Press

Publication Date: May 01, 2017

ISBN: 9780750970136

Binding: Paperback

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A photographic album portraying the nostalgic, gritty years of the 1970s and early 1980s on Britain's railways The railway scene in the 1970s and early 1980s was one of great change. Avid train-spotter Andy Sparks was out and about with his camera, seeking to emulate the work of Colin T. Gifford, who successfully captured the 1960s steam age in his black and white photographs. But by the next decade, modernisation and rationalisation was rapidly sweeping away the vestiges of the previous age, and dereliction and decay intertwined much of what he saw. Desperate to capture the scene, Andy Sparks took thousands of photographs from 1972 until the early 1980s and his images beautifully convey the nostalgic, gritty years of the 1970s and early 1980s on Britain's railways. AUTHOR: Andy Sparks, a chartered surveyor, spent his youth avidly photographing the railway scene. The costs of developing his negatives eventually forced him to stop his hobby, but he later discovered how popular his pictures were and began writing articles and books to showcase his images. SELLING POINTS: Stunning imagery from a noted railway photographer Black and white images full of nostalgia and atmosphere Covering people, infrastructure, activities, trains and locomotives A special record of a rapidly changing scene 140 b/w illustrations