London Local Trains in the 1950s and 1960s
By: Kevin McCormack (author)Hardback
The picture below of a Castle class locomotive, since preserved, illustrates Kevin McCormack's first love: the Great Western Railway and the Western Region of British Railways. Living almost all his childhood on the Western in Ealing, it was perhaps inevitable that this was his favourite region, and he came to admire the copper-capped chimneys, brass safety value covers and brass nameplates and cabside number plates of its larger locomotives as well as the tall chimneys and large domes of its characteristic smaller engines. He had a particular liking for the diminutive 14XX 0-4-2 tanks that used to work the Ealing Broadway-Greenford push and pull services and when a fund was set up to preserve one, Kevin was quick to add his support, joining what became the Great Western Society and becoming its secretary in the late 1960s/early 1970s. In 1973, Kevin cemented his interest in the GWR by acquiring a Victorian family saloon railway carriage, which had been converted into a Thameside bungalow. Remarkably, the coach was largely original inside and the exterior well preserved as it was virtually encased within the house.Restoration has therefore been a comparatively easy task and the vehicle is displayed at the Great Western Society's base at the Didcot Railway Centre.
Kevin McCormack is a life-long transport enthusiast whose interest began with collecting numbers of steam engines, London buses and civil aircraft. Always more interested in the old rather than the new, Kevin was also an enthusiastic photographer at a young age and then gravitated into the world of preservation, starting with an Austin Seven car purchased for GBP5 in 1965 which he still drives today. Kevin's is a regular steward at the London Bus Museum at Brooklands and a director of the Online Transport Archive, a repository for transport films and photographs donated or bequeathed to it. In 1992, Kevin produced his first book containing colour photographs from his collection, never expecting to become a prolific author this will be his 33rd book.
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