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Published in March 2022 and written by Keith W. Platt, this softcover book comes in the usual Amberley format of around 234 mm x 165 mm with 96 pages and 180 colour and black-and-white-photographs. It has a published price of £15.99 but at the time of writing it can be purchased online from Amberley Publishing for £14.39 and from Amazon for £10.65.
The book is the author’s personal recollection of scenes that were everyday occurrences of railways around the Doncaster area in the 1960s. The author has exercised a degree of poetic licence here by including scenes from Gainsborough, Goole, Retford, and Scunthorpe, each between 15 and 20 miles from Doncaster, as they were locations he regularly visited.
The first thing that struck me about the book was how many photos showed locomotives stationary, either at locomotive depots or Doncaster Works. Out of the 180 photographs in the book, 100 are devoted to such locations, rather belying the word “steam” in the book’s title.
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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