The Green Diesel Years
A fine collection of colour photographs portraying a vast range of diesels in the green diesel era at work on Britain's railways
The 'green diesel era' between 1955 and the early 1970s, when diesel motive power was being introduced in large numbers on Britain's railway network, is today arguably one of the favourite historical periods for enthusiasts and modellers of diesel traction. Almost from the outset, BR adopted green as its livery for diesel locomotives and DMUs - with odd exceptions (most notably the ever-independent Western Region) - and, although a new livery of Rail Blue was launched in 1964, the green livery was in sporadic evidence until the mid 1970s.
This book contains over 180 colour photographs of a huge variety of BR diesel locomotives and DMUs throughout the country in this era, and the images depict a portrait of a railway in which the infrastructure had remained recognisable for decades before undergoing wholesale changes.
Today the diesel locomotives and DMUs in this book are as much part of our history as the background scenes of the railway portrayed, making this book an invaluable source of information for railway modellers as well as historians.