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Author's book on East Midlands steam railway includes research about Newark and Grantham




An author has written a book on the East Midlands steam railway.

Peter Tuffrey’s new book, East Midlands Steam 1950-1966, includes detailed information and research about the Newark and Grantham railways, as well as those of several other large towns.

The book has almost 200 colour and black and white images, many of which would have never been seen before.

Peter Tuffrey's newest book, East Midlands Steam 1950 - 1966 (50311863)
Peter Tuffrey's newest book, East Midlands Steam 1950 - 1966 (50311863)

Peter is now 68 and has written close to 100 books over the years, and aside from railways he has also written about Yorkshire country houses.

His new book celebrates the railway covering 6,000sq miles across Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland, as well as the cities of Derby, Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham.

The East Midlands is home to a rich industrial heritage, it is an exciting place for steam enthusiasts to observe locomotives at work as there are a number of privately owned locomotives at work across the region on various sites, including collieries, quarries and power stations.

A well captured scene of a bygone era, L1 2-6-4T 67746 arrives at Kimberley with the 1.20 Derby Friargate - Grantham service, 19/10/61. ©www.railphotoprints.co.uk - Hugh Ballantyne (50311672)
A well captured scene of a bygone era, L1 2-6-4T 67746 arrives at Kimberley with the 1.20 Derby Friargate - Grantham service, 19/10/61. ©www.railphotoprints.co.uk - Hugh Ballantyne (50311672)

Peter said: “When I was nine in 1962 my grandma and grandad lived at Denaby Main at the side of the Sheffield and Doncaster railway line, where there were steam trains and a few diesels.

“I became very interested in the steam engines that were passing.

“Then a school friend’s dad worked at a locomotive site and he invited me to come along and meet his dad at the locomotive site and it was full of steam engines and that summoned my interest in rail ways, and then when I went to secondary school all that got lost when I became interested in music.”

But Peter soon began interested in trains again as in the 1980s he became interested in areas of Doncaster which had disappeared, leading him to look into an old signal box.

K3 2-6-0 61810 eases into the loop at High Dyke with an up freight so mthat (unseen) D9012 can pass with the up Flying Scotsman, 16/9/61. ©www.railphotoprints.co.uk - Hugh Ballantyne (50311687)
K3 2-6-0 61810 eases into the loop at High Dyke with an up freight so mthat (unseen) D9012 can pass with the up Flying Scotsman, 16/9/61. ©www.railphotoprints.co.uk - Hugh Ballantyne (50311687)

The book looks into the history of Grantham’s train station and how it has changed over time with modifications and maintenance to the platforms and canopies.

Peter also looks in detail at the Newark train stations, Newark Northgate and Newark Castle, which served trains on the main line and the freight service it had during the 1950s.

He also looked at Great Ponton station which is just a few miles from Grantham, Retford and Great Ponton.

Photograph by Geoff Warnes. A northbound express travels away from Retford station on 15th July 1961. Gresley V2 Class 2-6-2 no. 60866 is leading and had recently transferred from Doncaster to Grantham. (50341775)
Photograph by Geoff Warnes. A northbound express travels away from Retford station on 15th July 1961. Gresley V2 Class 2-6-2 no. 60866 is leading and had recently transferred from Doncaster to Grantham. (50341775)

Aside from the writing, Peter also carefully created the layout for his book and edited photos which had been damaged over the years, such as scratches and marks which needed to be carefully removed.

Peter’s son, Tristram Tuffrey, also helped him with the book which he began working on two years ago.

Photograph by Geoff Warnes. Gresley V2 Class no. 60870 speeds through Newark North Gate with an express freight on 2nd March 1963. (50341818)
Photograph by Geoff Warnes. Gresley V2 Class no. 60870 speeds through Newark North Gate with an express freight on 2nd March 1963. (50341818)

A number of photos in the book were take by Bill Reed of Bulwell, a railway man and former firefighter on a steam locomotive.

Photograph by Bill Reed. Fowler 4F no. 44585 is at Newark Castle station in the late 1950s with a freight service. (50341826)
Photograph by Bill Reed. Fowler 4F no. 44585 is at Newark Castle station in the late 1950s with a freight service. (50341826)


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