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These are two of the books produced by Finial Publishing

POINT AND SHOOT
VOLUME 1
LOCOMOTIVES ON SHED
Ted Reading


ISBN: 978-1-900467-45-2

Size: 155mm x 235mm portrait (approx)
Softback
208 pages plus cover
392 black and white plates
plus many additional pictures
Colour cover

Retail price £14.95 including postage (UK only)

REGRET THIS BOOK IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

POINT AND SHOOT
VOLUME 2
LOCOMOTIVES AT WORK
Ted Reading


ISBN: 978-1-900467-47-6

Size: 155mm x 235mm portrait (approx)
Softback
208 pages plus cover
364 black and white plates
plus many additional pictures
Colour cover

Retail price £14.95 including postage (UK only)



Please add £2.50 for post to Europe, £6.00 for post to rest of the world

Available by post from the author:
Ted Reading, 3 Regent Mews, High Street, Chard, Somerset TA20 1QH, UK

Telephone: 01460 63904 (from outside the UK: 0044 1460 63904)

email: irisandtedreading@gmail.com

 Were you a trainspotter in the late 1950s and early 1960s, witnessing the end of steam and early diesels? Then these are the books for you.

Ted Reading's enthusiasm over railways goes back to the fifties when with his school chum his second home was Southall railway bridge spanning the former GW mainline out of Paddington. Another school friend had an interest in both railways and photography, so it wasn't long before Ted obtained a camera
and with the help of his friend's father was introduced to the art of photography and darkroom techniques, starting with a cheap 'plastic' camera then moving through ever better types, some more successful than others. As with most people, other interests took over Ted's life and negatives were put away. Then, some 40 years later he was given a scanner then a laptop, out came the negatives, and the result is these books.

Volume 1 starts with Western Region steam on shed where Ted visited and photographed engines at most sheds apart from the far South West of Devon and Cornwall, he then moves on to Southern Region steam on shed covering all the London sheds and most south and west of London and from Brighton to Exeter. Next, for Midland steam on shed, the photos are mainly from Willesden and Camden, class by class from Coronation Pacifics to the humble 'Jinty'. Apologies to any Eastern Region fans, Ted didn't visit your sheds so often and he has only a couple of pictures. Ted did not just photograph steam, another section is of diesels and electrics on shed, showing from the early ones, 10001 and 20001, through to brand new 'Westerns'. Finally there is a section called 'Dumped, Derelict and Disposed Of' which explains it all - not just showing lines of dumped locos, but of them being cannibalised for parts and being cut up (some seen here actually 'escaped' and are still running).

'Point and Shoot Volume 2' follows the same format as Volume 1, using mostly Ted's own photographs with some taken by his friends, mostly of steam with a few of early diesels. It takes a journey along the Great Western main line from Paddington to Oxford and Swindon followed by a brief glimpse of Devon and Cornwall during a friend's family holiday. There then follows a look at the Paddington to Birmingham main line out to Princes Risborough, concentrating mostly on Greenford where Ted worked at the British Bath Works and foresaking the work he was supposed to be doing would slip out on to a gantry over the works to photograph passing trains - views unlikely to be seen by anyone else. Ted then takes us on a journey along the Southern main line from Waterloo to Bournemouth, followed by a visit to the Isle of Wight, the Southern line west of Salisbury and the Redhill area. On to the Midland Region Ted has included photographs taken on the Euston line at Willesden and Wembley and the Great Central line at Wembley and Neasden. Ted never had much to do with the Eastern Region, however he has included some photographs of Pacifics at King's Cross taken by his friends.

Don't be put off by the title 'Point and Shoot'. Ted's photos do any professional photographer proud, being well composed and sharp. OK, he might have a couple with a signal post appearing to come out of a loco chimney, but they are the exception and are just there to prove no one is perfect! Every picture is accompanied by details of the date and camera used and text running throughout the book explains further about the locations, locomotives, and why he was there.

For everyone interested in trains of that era these books will be a valuable addition to their bookshelf.