Steam in Scotland

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Ron Buckley’s photographs illustrate the locomotive scene in Scotland, witnessed across his long career on the railways. This evocative book commemorates the age of steam and reveals the changes wrought across that era, from the 1930s ex-Highland "Castle" and "Clan" 4-6-0s and their "Ben" and "Loch" 4-4-0s, and the graceful-looking ex-Great North of Scotland 4-4-0s, to the ex-North British "Glen" and "Scott" 4-4-0s, the Caledonian 4-4-0s, numerous 0-6-0 classes and the few Glasgow and South Western locomotives still working. By the early 1950s all the ex-Glasgow and South Western locomotives had gone, and there were few ex-Highland or Great North of Scotland locomotives in service, but many ex-North British and Caledonian locomotives could still be seen.


Ron Buckley is 95 years old and has been photographing railways since the age of 15. He joined the LM&SR as a wages clerk in 1934 and retired in 1977. Brian Dickson worked in printing and publishing in Edinburgh and London for over 35 years before retiring in 2000. He has become a volunteer locomotive fireman and driver at a heritage railway. He has previously written Diesel Power in the North East and Scottish Steam.