The railways seem always to have been in transition. They have only
lately come through the transition from public to private
ownership, but 55 years ago there was the major unheaval when they
were taken into State control as British Railways. As in all
transitions the railways underwent great visual change over a
period of several years as the new styles and practices of British
Railways gradually eliminated old company identities. Using many
previously unpublished photographs, LNER in Transition looks at the
transformation of the London & North Eastern Railway into BR
over the years between 1947 and 1953 during which there was the
last chance to see familiar old liveries, the first sightings of
new locomotives commissioned in the final days of the old company
and the dawning realisation that a new nationalised era was indeed
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