T.E.Williams: The Lost Colour Collection Volume 1
Published by Irwell Press
UK Retail price: £24.95
Stratfordian and ex-Flower & Sonsí brewery worker, Tom Williams, is best known for his extensive black-and-white photographic work which was donated to the National Railway Museum in York by his family after his untimely death at the age of forty nine in 1980. This collection, comprising around 12,000 medium format and 35mm negatives of railway life during the last few decades of steam haulage, has seen publication in many books and magazines across the world over the decades since his death. His little-known 35mm colour transparency work, however, was retained by his family, remaining largely unseen and unpublished until now.
Digitally restored by his son, local graphic designer and photographer, Phil Williams and seen here in print for the first time, this book presents a cross section of these colour images taken between 1954 and 1966. Although most of these photographs show main line steam in action on the Western Region of British Railways, centred around Stratford and the surrounding towns and villages, we are also treated to glimpses of rarer and lesser photographed locations, such as the ex-Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway, based in Old Town. Tomís colour slide collection contains arguably some of the finest and most important previously unseen colour images of steam in action to see the light of day for several decades. Many of the shots that feature in this initial volume, particularly those taken in Stratford itself, show a very different landscape and railway life as it was, some sixty years ago. The hard-back, 128-page book that is colour throughout, is available to order via the publisher or the usual online suppliers, including Amazon. For readers local to Stratford-upon-Avon a limited number of signed will be available for purchase through The Old Slaughterhouse Arts & Heritage Studio, with 25% of the authorís profits being donated to the Stratford-based Escape Arts charity.