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