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Cumbrian Railway Photographer – The William Nash Collection

Author : Kate Robinson & Robert Forsythe
ISBN : 9780853615927
Cover : paperback
Price : £9.95

William Nash (1909-1952) was a gifted individual born at St Bees in Cumbria. Between 1926 and 1952 he worked on the railway starting out in a signal box at the time of the General Strike. His talents were recognised with promotion. In the Second World War he was assistant district controller at Rugby and by 1952 he was working in the London Midland Region headquarters planning Royal Train journeys. All this was cut short when he lost his life in the Harrow railway disaster of 8th October 1952.

When only 14 years old he started taking pictures, however, outside of the family circle these remained unknown until 2000. Nash had, for one so young, a good eye for composition and a keen awareness of what would be a worthwhile subject. Furness Baltic tanks, the Ravenglass & Erskdale Railway and the LMS’s West Coast main line are amongst the many subjects that fill his albums.

His youngest daughter Kate Robinson and transport historian Robert Forsythe have shared the task of presenting his material. This volume has been produced to coincide with a series of retrospective exhibitions being staged in Cumbria to mark the 50th anniversary of William Nash’s death. It focuses on his material covering the Ravenglass & Erskdale, standard gauge steam in Cumbria, his images of the railway owned Lakeland steamers, and a selection of Lake District landscapes. All the material was taken between 1923 and 1935 or thereabouts. Newly originated hand prints from the original negatives have been made for the book by Kate Robinson. A number of railway postcards from Nash’s own boyhood collection are included, along with biographical detail.

A5, over 100 photographs.

Cumbrian Railway Photographer – The William Nash Collection
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