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Steam Portfolio - Decline of Steam

Steam Portfolio is possibly the most fascinating railway book in my collection. It contains some 370 photos by Malcolm Dunnett, Ian Krause, John Vaughan, Leslie Nixon, Roderick Hoyle and Paul Hocquard and shot in the last years before the end of regular steam service in UK (August 5, 1968).
I've searched on the Internet for the names of these photographers, but only few data can be found. So I thought it would be precious to make a short gallery available for younger readers. I've tried to select photos in which the "atmosphere of steam" is more evident.

"In common with many, I realised in the early 1960s that time was indeed getting very short and not a moment was to be lost if I was to obtain a personal record of the steam era."

Leslie Nixon
from
Steam Portfolio edited by G. M. Kichenside, Ian Allan, London, 1968

The second part of the gallery contains pictures from Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford (Ian Allan, 1965); the last part shows what has survived in the present days, with photos by Francesco Dall'Armi taken in Scotland in 2011.


Steam Portfolio, pubblicato dalla celeberrima casa inglese Ian Allan nel 1968, è uno dei libri più affascinanti della mia collezione. Contiene oltre 370 fotografie, scattate da Malcolm Dunnett, Ian Krause, John Vaughan, Leslie Nixon, Roderick Hoyle e Paul Hocquard, negli ultimissimi anni prima della scomparsa del vapore regolare in Gran Bretagna (5 agosto 1968).
Ho provato a cercare i nomi di questi fotografi su Internet ma vi ho trovato solo scarne informazioni: credo possa essere utile riproporre alcuni di questi bellissimi scatti, selezionando quelli in cui più si respira l'atmosfera del vapore, e un "sapore" tutto British che mi auguro appassionerà anche i lettori più giovani.

"Insieme a molti altri, mi sono reso conto nei primi anni Sessanta che il tempo a disposizione stava esaurendosi e non dovevo sprecare nemmeno un momento se volevo ottenere una documentazione personale dell'epoca del vapore." (Leslie Nixon)

Il racconto prosegue poi con Decline of Steam, di Colin T. Gifford (Ian Allan, 1965), un'altra pietra miliare tra i libri inglesi degli anni '60.
Infine ho accostato a queste foto storiche anche dieci scatti del presente, da un recente viaggio di Francesco Dall'Armi in Scozia: pur in un mondo abissalmente differente, queste immagini moderne sembrano ancora testimoniare quell'epico e affascinante passato.

Tutte le foto su un'unica pagina (15 alla volta)

 
Malcolm Dunnett

Malcolm Dunnett - Preface
Preface

Malcolm Dunnett - Malcolm Dunnett 1.
Malcolm Dunnett 1.

Malcolm Dunnett - Malcolm Dunnett 2.
Malcolm Dunnett 2.

Malcolm Dunnett - Malcolm Dunnett 3.
Malcolm Dunnett 3.

Malcolm Dunnett - Malcolm Dunnett 4.
Malcolm Dunnett 4.

Malcolm Dunnett - Malcolm Dunnett 5.
Malcolm Dunnett 5.

Malcolm Dunnett - Malcolm Dunnett 6.
Malcolm Dunnett 6.

 

 
Ian Krause

Ian Krause - Preface.
Preface.

Ian Krause - Ian Krause 1.
Ian Krause 1.

Ian Krause - Ian Krause 2.
Ian Krause 2.

Ian Krause - Ian Krause 3.
Ian Krause 3.

Ian Krause - Ian Krause 4.
Ian Krause 4.

Ian Krause - Ian Krause 5.
Ian Krause 5.

  

 
John Vaughan

John Vaughan - Preface.
Preface.

John Vaughan - John Vaughan 1.
John Vaughan 1.

John Vaughan - John Vaughan 2.
John Vaughan 2.

John Vaughan - John Vaughan 3.
John Vaughan 3.

John Vaughan - John Vaughan 4.
John Vaughan 4.

John Vaughan - John Vaughan 5.
John Vaughan 5.

  

 
Leslie Nixon

Leslie Nixon - Preface.
Preface.

Leslie Nixon - Leslie Nixon 1.
Leslie Nixon 1.

Leslie Nixon - Leslie Nixon 2.
Leslie Nixon 2.

Leslie Nixon - Leslie Nixon 3.
Leslie Nixon 3.

Leslie Nixon - Leslie Nixon 4.
Leslie Nixon 4.

Leslie Nixon - Leslie Nixon 5.
Leslie Nixon 5.

  

 
Roderick Hoyle

Roderick Hoyle - Preface.
Preface.

Roderick Hoyle - Roderick Hoyle 1.
Roderick Hoyle 1.

Roderick Hoyle - Roderick Hoyle 2.
Roderick Hoyle 2.

Roderick Hoyle - Roderick Hoyle 3.
Roderick Hoyle 3.

Roderick Hoyle - Roderick Hoyle 4.
Roderick Hoyle 4.

Roderick Hoyle - Roderick Hoyle 5.
Roderick Hoyle 5.

  

 
Paul Hocquard

Paul Hocquard - Preface.
Preface.

Paul Hocquard - Paul Hocquard 1.
Paul Hocquard 1.

Paul Hocquard - Paul Hocquard 2.
Paul Hocquard 2.

Paul Hocquard - Paul Hocquard 3.
Paul Hocquard 3.

Paul Hocquard - Paul Hocquard 4.
Paul Hocquard 4.

Paul Hocquard - Paul Hocquard 5.
Paul Hocquard 5.

  

 
Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Preface.
Preface.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Crumlin Viaduct.
Crumlin Viaduct.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Saunderton next stop.
Saunderton next stop.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Canklow.
Canklow.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Reflection at Laira.
Reflection at Laira.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Crew change at Newcastle Central.
Crew change at Newcastle Central.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Pick-up at Gleneagles.
Pick-up at Gleneagles.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Inspection at Bowater Lloyds, Sittingbourne.
Inspection at Bowater Lloyds, Sittingbourne.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Semaphores at Redhill.
Semaphores at Redhill.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Meeting at King Edward Bridge Junction.
Meeting at King Edward Bridge Junction.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Between Foregate Street and Shrub Hill, Worcester.
Between Foregate Street and Shrub Hill, Worcester.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - The up 'Grampian' leaves Stirling.
The up 'Grampian' leaves Stirling.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Crewe.
Crewe.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Sunderland.
Sunderland.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - Holbeck.
Holbeck.

Decline of Steam, by Colin T. Gifford - King Edward Bridge, Newcastle.
King Edward Bridge, Newcastle.

 
Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi

Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi - Stirling.
Stirling.

Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi - Stirling.
Stirling.

Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi - Perth.
Perth.

Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi - Perth.
Perth.

Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi - Stirling.
Stirling.

Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi - Stirling.
Stirling.

Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi - Stirling.
Stirling.

Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi - Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi - Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway
Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Scotland Today, by F. Dall'Armi - Forth Bridge.
Forth Bridge.

  

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