A NORTH LANCASHIRE RAILWAY ALBUM by Leslie R Gilpin, £14.50 ISBN 978-0-957038738

THE railways in the Lancaster area in the 1940s, Fifties and Sixties were a mix of main line, cross country and local lines carrying a fascinating selection of trains.

Following on from his earlier compilation, ‘A Cumbrian Railway Album’, Leslie Gilpin has brought together a further selection of photographs illustrating these lines from the cameras of brothers Alan and Ian Pearsall.

The brothers were keen on the railways of the area and captured both the commonplace and the unusual, often with an artistic eye on the surrounding landscape.

The photographs cover the period from around 1945 through to the end of the steam age in 1968 and carry scores of iconic pictures of illustrate steam, early diesel and electric trains of the time.

The book is lavishly illustrated with more than 200 monochrome photographs and seven maps in full colour.