A London Locospotter Reflects

Memories of Black and White Days

Geoff Bannister

The author recalls his experiences as a teenage locospotter, following this hobby at a time when British Rail was entering a period of immense change. We look at the railways in action, visiting locomotive sheds and works in the period where diesel was beginning to oust steam. This book is illustrated with photographs from his own collection.
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photographs
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ISBN : 9781781554234
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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The author came to London from Lancashire as a nine-year old, having developed an interest in buses and trams at a very early age. He remained in southwest London for the next forty-five years. As a young teenager he took up locospotting, joining a small group of fellow enthusiasts who met regularly by the lineside at Clapham Junction, and avidly followed this hobby for roughly ten years. For the first half of that decade, his hobby was centered largely close to London because of age and money restrictions, and his trips further afield were rare. In this book, he describes his experiences: visiting stations, lineside watching, bunking sheds, and making more official trips to depots and works. He gives us a spotters-eye view of the changes to British Railways at the time: new steam locomotives still arriving; the early days of the Modernisation Plan; and seeing elderly locomotives at the end of their service life. Towards the end of this period, he acquired his first camera and uses these photographs to illustrate his exploits in the early years of his hobby.

About The Author

Geoff Bannister grew up in Burnley in Lancashire, coming to south-west London at the age of nine. He remained in the area for forty-five years, retiring to Minehead in 1994 after working in a secondary school, teaching mainly Maths and Computing, for over thirty years. He has been interested in transport from about the age of seven, other interests included dog walking, photography, classical music and computing. He is a committed Christian and has worked with young people in Baptist churches in both Wandsworth and Minehead.

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