Steam Through the Regions by David Knapman

In our latest book review, we take a look at David Knapman’s Steam Across The Regions from publishers Pen and Sword.

The book can be purchased directly from Pen & Sword or from Amazon. Prices range from £ 17.99 to £ 25 (at time of writing).

Steam Across The Regions is over 120 pages long and measures approximately 23cm x 28.5cm and is divided into six different chapters.

Described as an illustrated train journey through Great Britain, each chapter has an introduction followed by numerous photographs with detailed captions.

Credit: RailAdvent

The six chapters are:

  1. Scottish region
  2. North East region
    1. Darlington
    2. Ripon
    3. York
  3. eastern region
    1. Outline oriental lines
    2. Essex branches
    3. London, Tilbury and Southend lines
    4. the King’s Cross
    5. The B12
  4. London Midland Region
    1. Carlisle
    2. Form
    3. North wales
    4. Leicester Central
    5. West coast lines
  5. Western region
    1. Oxford
    2. General reading
    3. Western regional miscellaneous
    4. Paddington
  6. South region
    1. Around the southern region
    2. Isle of Wight
    3. London area
    4. Guildford to Redhill
    5. Maunsell Moguls at Barry Island
Steam Through the Regions by David Knapman
Credit: RailAdvent

The photos are all from David Knapman’s collection which he took in the 1960s before diesel and electric locomotives were commonplace.

As always with these historical collections, it is fascinating to look back on what locomotives, stations, freight yards were and what they are today.

I think this book is particularly interesting because it covers many different regions of the country, rather than focusing on one particular area.

Steam Through the Regions by David Knapman
Credit: RailAdvent

In summary, the book is worth reading and the hundreds of images are a fantastic record of the time spent.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon as well as on Pen & Sword

We would like to thank Pen & Sword for providing us with a copy of the book for review.

The article

Steam through the regions


  • Many regions
  • High quality detailed photos
  • Great historical record


  • Would benefit from a list of featured locomotive names / numbers

Revision of distribution

  • Presentation and layout
  • Technical informations
  • Value for money

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