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ISBN: 9780857041173
AUTHOR: Malcolm Ranieri
Classic Modern Traction in Action
Classic Modern Traction in Action
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Although many still hanker for the days of steam, the classic diesel and electric locomotives of the 1950s through to the 1980s today evoke a similar nostalgia. In their day, these powerful representatives of the ‘modern age’, thundering through the British countryside, presented a striking and often very attractive contrast between the timelessness of the landscape and the brilliance of the contemporary engineering.

The principal purpose of this book on classic modern traction, by acclaimed photographer Malcolm Ranieri, is to illustrate and document the classes of locomotive which have already gone (or are fast disappearing) from our rail network. Soon locomotives like the 37s and 47s, and 86s and 90s on electrified lines, which dominated passenger and freight services for four decades,will only be seen in action on preserved lines or static in museums.

The book is not a catalogue of all the classes of locomotive which have disappeared over the past thirty years or so, but an in-depth look, using photographs of the locomotives in action, at the changing face of the railways of Britain over that period. Malcolm Ranieri does not just portray the locomotive in action but places it in its natural environment, in effect the train in the landscape.

Our British landscape is rich and varied, and provides many different backdrops from the rural, the rugged, the industrial and the urban, through which the trains run. Malcolm Ranieri also highlights some of the significant changes in the lineside picture over the last few years. For example, railway signalling is now largely by electric light, whereas the more photogenic signal box and manually-operated signals are quickly disappearing. Stations have been rebuilt and the attractive rural halt is no more, replaced by structures akin to bus shelters. Safety considerations have also meant that modern fencing has not enhanced many locations and lineside vegetation has also increased.

With more than 150 historic and choice images, and with informative captions (which in many cases explain the techniques used to take the photographs), Malcolm Ranieri has captured an important part of Britain’s railway heritage in its heyday, before it slipped from view to become a preservationsist’s dream but largely a main line memory.

Malcolm Edward Ranieri was born in December, 1945 to an Italian father and English mother, and lived until his late teens at Haselor, a Warwickshire village. He still lives in his favourite county at Ettington, near Stratford upon Avon. He entered local government in 1962 and took early retirement in 1997, as Audit Manager at Warwick District Council. Photography has been an all consuming interest for over 40 years, especially steam railways all over the world, though his interests encompass all forms of classic transport, and photography in general. Malcolm gained the Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1998, and also the Masters award of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain in 2000, and regularly exhibits in photographic exhibitions all over the country.

Since retiring Malcolm has taken up photojournalism, reporting for magazines such as Old Glory. He has been a volunteer on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for over 15 years and is currently a Duty Stationmaster. His previous books for Halsgrove are The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and Classic Commercial Vehicles.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 117 3, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published October 2011.

Classic Commercial VehiclesClassic Commercial Vehicles - £19.99
Through Malcolm Ranieri's meticulous study of more than 140 images of classic vehicles you can almost smell the oil and hear the roar of the proudly British engines. From the time when makes such as AEC, Albion, Bedford, Foden, Guy, Leyland, Scammell and Sentinel were the kings of the road.
Traction Engines Preservation & PowerTraction Engines Preservation & Power - £19.99
Paul Stratford has captured the magnificence of these superb machines, often in settings that look much the same as they did fifty or a hundred years ago. He evokes an atmosphere of a happier time when faith in British engineering and pride in skilled work well done were hallmarks of working life, and when the pounding of these stupendous mechanical beasts was a regular occurrence in the fields, fairs and highways of England.
Electric TrainsElectric Trains - £4.99
Expert Robin Jones traces the history of electric traction in Britain, from these pioneering early days, through nostalgic underground trains and the “Brighton Belle”, right up to Eurostar and the Pendolino in the twenty-first century, when a large proportion of the national rail network is electrified.
Classic Traction EnginesClassic Traction Engines - £16.99
This large format pictorial album by Paul Stratford is intended as a tribute the traction engine manufacturers and to those who have laboured long and hard to preserve and restore some of these remarkable engines.
The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire RailwayThe Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway - £14.99
Malcolm Ranieri has been a volunteer on the railway for over fifteen years and for the last two decades has photographed it in all its moods and in all seasons, glorying especially in the delightful Cotswold scenery through which it runs.
Embsay & Bolton Abbey RailwayEmbsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - £14.99
In this book, with a selection from his portfolio of superb photographs, Mike Heath introduces us to the line, its historic locomotives and rolling stock, the stunning Dales’ landscape through which it passes and the many events and attractions held on and around the railway that combine to create an atmosphere of the rural branch line enjoyed by thousands of families and enthusiasts all year round.
Web Price: £19.99
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