To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the last regular steam working on British Railways, Colin Gifford's latest book called 'Transition' will be published. The book concentrates on the period from the late 1950s to the end of steam traction on British Railways in August 1968 and Colin has captured on camera this changing scene where diesel and electric traction was being increasingly used at the expense of the steam locomotive.
Colin's pictures of this transition period are taken in his usual evocative, atmospheric and artistic style. The book contains 180 pages and 257 photographs nearly all of which show more than one form of motive power, but always with steam to be seen somewhere on the image. It is a hard back book with a dust jacket. The cost is £30 plus postage.
The book is expected to be delivered in the near future (dates hopefully confirmed by the 24th August), and updates will be reported on this page at regular intervals. Anyone wishing to express an interest in purchasing a copy of the book, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE 1st January 2019
Firstly once again a very big thank you to you all for being so patient for so long and for the countless messages of good will and support we have received from you all, as we continue to ensure we bring you a top quality product for you to savour and to indeed do justice to Colin Gifford's artistic craftmanship. I have shared many of your comments with Colin and he has told me he has been humbled by your response and wants nothing but the very best for his loyal readership.
The previous update mentioned that I was awaiting some more running sheets which were specified to match the proofs which I had approved rather than repeat the exercise of producing sheets which did not match the proofs. Those new running sheets took a bit longer than promised to come, but the positive news about them is that they almost came up to our expectations, and there was a definite rich black taking the place of the more brown colour previously supplied. If you were to ask on percentages, I would say we are 90-95% towards producing a really good book with the intensity of black I have been looking for since we started.
Unfortunately the Christmas holiday has now halted further progress for a couple of weeks, but I am seriously hoping that this time is really 'third time lucky'. I am currently looking to specify a slightly different ink so as to bring the best out of the lighter tones, and when we have seen the results of that I am sure that we will be able to give the go-ahead for what hopefully is the final time!
As far as timing goes, we have, much to my disappointment and no doubt yours, missed giving you something to read at Christmas and for which I am truly sorry. As you know the whole world seems to shut down for some time over Christmas and I do not expect further sheets to be available until the first week or so of the New Year. However, once I am satisfied that all our expectations will be met, I would hope that we will see a finished book being dispatched before the end of January.
Until I receive the latest sheets in the first week or so of January I am not able to give a firm date for publication, but I would be disappointed if we do not see the book appear before the end of that month. Certainly the most recent advances are very encouraging.
In the meantime, I wish you all a very Happy New Year.
UPDATE 3rd November 2018
First of all a big thank you to you all – firstly for being patient for so long, and secondly for the many messages of support I have had from you as we try and ensure top quality and to make this Colin Gifford book something special.
After all the trials we have done over the last few weeks, we have finally reached a stage where we have had proofs which look really good. As long as we can match those proofs on the press, then we will end up with a superb book, and we shall know that within the next few days as the book rolls off the presses. I cannot imagine that we will have any more delays as everyone has made the effort to get it right.
The date for delivery has been given as 5th December and we will be busy dispatching them as soon after as possible to those who have pre-ordered the book. If you wish to pre-order the book, then please email us on email@example.com and we will send you an order form. The offer is that if you pre-order and we receive payment before the end of November, then we will send you the book post free (UK only). After the end of November any fresh orders will be subject to a post and packing charge.
For those of you who would rather buy your books at a retail outlet, the ISBN number of the book is 978 1 9164001 0 8, but that number will not appear on the retail lists for a few days yet. The number of retail outlets will be fairly small, but will include both Ian Allan bookshops.
Further updates will appear as the book goes through its printing and binding process.