Locomotive book plan steams ahead

The book on locomotives will be a walk - or perhaps a chug! - down memory lane for Motherwell enthusiast Jim Prentice.
The book on locomotives will be a walk - or perhaps a chug! - down memory lane for Motherwell enthusiast Jim Prentice.
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Plans are on track for the publication of a book by Motherwell man Jim Prentice, which will have industrial heritage and locomotives at its centre.

The book will feature more than 30 photographs and, in many ways, is a walk down memory lane for Jim who has lived through the story of locomotives.

Jim’s main interest is shipping but he has great memories of his childhood days at Muir Street Primary which is located near the former locomotive sheds for the railways.

He explained: “I was hooked on railways due to the proximity of the school to the locomotive sheds. My interest in shipping came along once steam died out on British Railways.”

He regrets not following his father’s interest in photography but his smaller collection of pictures are significant.

Jim said: “Despite my father being an amateur photographer and having the use of a good camera, I failed to capitalise on that opportunity. I did take some photos but few in Motherwell.

“I tended to passively watch railway activity without recording it on film. I did record the sounds of steam at Motherwell before steam ceased in 1967/8.”

Now he is planning the publication of a booklet of monochrome photographs, which will be printed by a local printer, and he hopes he can encourage others to contribute.

He said: “I have been itching to self publish for years but never got round to it, until now. The current project involves the use of several photographs from my own meagre collection but I do not have examples of certain classes of locomotive.

“That is why I am looking to contact other locally based enthusiasts who might have usable photographs in their collections which will add to the story of locomotives in Motherwell area.”

Anyone who can supply photographs should contact Jim by e-mail