With photographs dating back nearly forty years, John Dedman offers a fascinating selection of photographs of traction in the north-east of England. Covering the areas of Humberside, Teesside and Tyneside on the coast and Doncaster to Darlington inland, North East Traction offers a wonderful guide to a region that, with its industrial heritage and history of steel, coal and petroleum, produces some of the heaviest freight flows in the country.
Documenting both passenger workings and freight services, including images from Thornaby depot, with its sizable allocation of various classes of locomotive in individual liveries, North East Traction gives a compelling overview of a unique area in our rail network.
John Dedman was born in Lymington, Hampshire, and both his father and his grandfather worked for British Railways on the Lymington branch, at the Pier station and on the Isle of Wight Ferry. He went to school at Brockenhurst which was next to the railway by the station where all spare time was spent watching the trains. Once he got access to a camera trains became a natural subject and he has been photographing railways in most parts of the British Isles since the mid 1970s.