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Eric Sawford Collection

In the early 1950s I bought my first camera, having an interest in railways, particularly steam locomotives.  I decided to record on film as many of the classes and variations still on British Railways as I could.  Nationalisation soon resulted in pre-grouping designs rapidly becoming extinct.  I was never interested in collecting numbers as were so manyenthusiasts.

Over the years I travelled extensively, fortunately the Southern, Western, London Midland and Scottish regions would issue shed permits but not the Eastern and North Eastern.  I held lineside permits for considerable stretches of the Eastern and London Midland which were to prove extremely useful.

I would often travel to a particular area with the hope of catching and photographing a particular locomotive or class.  On many occasions only to find them at the bck of a gloomy dark shed where it was impossible to get a good picture.  There were of course times when I got a pleasant and unexpected surprise making the trip very worthwhile.

It was during the fifties that I also became interested in industrial steam, especially those on narrow-gauge lines.  Companies were only too pleased to let you visit, although perhaps finding it strange that someone would want to take photographs.

When steam was withdrawn I had very little interest in diesel power.

Eric Sawford                                                         November 2010

To view the lists available simply click on the links below, or download the complete list from the collections page.

Eric Sawford List (1950-1952)

Eric Sawford List (1953-54)

Eric Sawford List (1955)

Eric Sawford List (1956)

Eric Sawford List (1957 - 1963)

Eric Sawford List (1964 - 1965)

Eric Sawford List (1966 - 1969)

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