Rail book to be launched at Mansfield exhibition

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This weekend sees the annual Mansfield Model Railway and Photographic Exhibition at the St Peter’s Centre.

Layouts on display range from Allan Parker’s scratch built Tummell VIII to the Rev David Fudger’s large collection of Hornby Dublo.

One of the highlights of the show will be the launch of the latest book from Nottingham’s Booklaw ‘Eastern Region Sheds and their Motive Power’ containing many photographs taken by local railway photographer David Dalton.

This compilation of pictures illustrating the engine sheds within the Eastern Region of British Railways, along with their motive power, originates from the cameras of three photographers.

Two of them, Don Beecroft and Keith Pirt play something of a supporting role, whilst the bulk of the views are the work of the late David Dalton. From the early 50s until his death in 2009, David Dalton was well respected amongst the railway fraternity in the county.

As the Rev David Fudger writes in his introduction to the book: “David was perhaps ‘Champion of the Underdog’ by which, for instance, he hunted down the last Horwich engine confined to its birthplace or loitering around Mansfield engine shed as the last of the Tilbury tanks embarked on their final trip.

“Some of his work shown here for the first time reveals something of the genius of a man devoted to steam and who still had the joy of a young ‘spotter’ etched into his face even in his latter years. ”

The exhibition opens to the public between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.

- Roger Grayson