Thanks to a quirk of fate, and the survival of so many locomotives in the Barry scrapyard, the GWR is well represented in the steam preservation scene today.
John Maybery takes us through the surviving Great Western locomotives, from the Kings and Castle passenger locos through Halls and Manors and onto the ubiquitous Prairie and pannier tanks. He also covers the narrow gauge locomotives of the Vale of Rheidol Railway, which was Britain's last nationalised steam passenger railway until privatisation in 1989.
The diesel railcars and the replica broad gauge locomotives are also covered in this fully illustrated and informative book.
John Maybery's trainspotting days began in 1946, when, armed with a trusty ABC locospotters guide, he began to record the locomotives he saw on the Great Western Railway. He has seen the days of steam come and go, and the preservation scene start from small beginnings to the busyheritage lines of today. He lives in Barnstaple.