Southern Steam in Focus By Steve Gradidge Australia Soft Cover 1983 24 pages Man
Southern Steam in Focus By Steve Gradidge Australia Soft Cover 1983 24 pages Man

Southern Steam in Focus By Steve Gradidge Australia Soft Cover 1983 24 pages Man

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Southern Steam in Focus By Steve Gradidge Australia Soft Cover 1983 24 pages Man
 
Southern Steam in Focus By Steve Gradidge Australia Soft Cover 1983 24 pages Many Black & white photos
As dieselisation and modernisation spread, steam became more and more scarce and many trips were made to remote locations to capture that rare type of locomotive. Such a case was the Axminster to Lyme Regis branch with its three Adams radial tanks. A trip to see these engines in service was a must on anyone's list of priorities and the branch became quite a drawcard for enthusiasts from all over the country.
The small shed at Winchester at one time housed a B4 class 0-4-OT. It took several trips to get it outside of the shed since it only worked for about an hour on a Saturday and I had a two hour drive to get there. But it was well worth it.
By the early 60s I realised that I could spend 1/2 hour at Clapham Junction during my lunch hour and get back to my office in time. It produced some interesting photos, but why didn't I think of it earlier!
Everything has to end at some time and my personal farewell to Southern steam was on the 10th June 1967. I took steam hauled trains to Weymouth and on the return journey, on all four tracks all the way to Wimbledon, we raced another Merchant Navy. We were both up in the 80's, often right beside the loco, and it was dark. You can well appreciate that I will never forget this day and what a way to go out with steam. It was great, but that's steam.

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