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W A C ‘Bill’ Smith was a prolific photographer of steam locomotives, as well as Clyde Steamers and Trams. He travelled extensively throughout Scotland during the 1950s and 1960s recording the changes as the older pre-grouping steam classes disappeared, to be replaced by the new Standard types and even more modern diesel power.
His photographs also
depict much of the infrastructure which was similarly being demolished
or replaced at the same time, as well the environment through which
steam railways passed, ranging from Glasgow tenements, through wild
moorlands to dramatic Highland scenes.
His other claim to fame was as the organiser of many rail tours which
covered Scotland during the same period, often covering backwaters and
lightly used branch or freight lines.
Bill’s images encompass much variety, from graceful 4-4-0s, often in
beautifully clean conditions, to the work-stained Caledonian and North
British 0-6-0s, many of which, after long working lives, ended their
days carrying out the same duties for which they were designed – hauling
coal trains around the unsung and little-photographed colliery and
steelworks lines of Lanarkshire and Ayrshire.
The workhorses of passenger traffic – LNER’s B1s, V2s and LMS Black
5s, as well as examples of express passenger power from both companies
and the newer BR standard types, are also portrayed, along with
out-of-the-public-eye industrial steam workings. Bill’s photos are
brought to life with captions written by the three compilers, all of
whom have first-hand experience of railway operations in Western
West Scotland Steam Railway
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