This is a photographic record of the railways of Gloucestershire during a revolutionary period between 1959 and 1966. In 1959 steam power was still pre-eminent, branch lines were still operating and stations and halts were legion. By 1966 diesel power had usurped the steam locomotive, most branch lines were closed and only a small number of stations remained in use. Over 200 superbly atmospheric photographs capture this era of major change to provide a permanent record of interest to the railway buff, social historian, and indeed anyone who loves steam trains.
Passionately interested in the rail network for many years Ben Ashworth credits it with keeping Britain alive during the austerity of the war. Around 1959 he realised that drastic changes to the network were about to take place, so he committed seven years to compiling a photographic record of rail traffic and motive power in the Cotswolds, Severn Valley and the Forest of Dean. His Last Days of Steam in Gloucestershire books are the results of this painstaking work. Ben lives in Lydney, Gloucestershire.