Leading steam and diesel photographer Norman Preedy is celebrating the acquisition of what he describes as one of the most significant collections ever to have come onto the market.
Norman, 73, has bought about 25,000 negatives from renowned photographer Brian Green, who photographed lineside scenes over more than six decades, from Nationalisation until three years ago.
Brian, 85, is known to generations of enthusiasts and trainspotters by his caption credit BKB Green, but is now in ill health, and has decided to sell his iconic collection to Norman, so fulfilling a promise he made long ago.
Brian became a trainspotter in 1943 when he was living in Enfield, north London, and in August 1948 joined BR as a junior clerk at Liverpool Street, being taken under the wing of official Eastern Region photographer Roy Vincent.
That December Brian was sent by his boss, HJ Goodchild, to collect a package off a Leeds train at King’s Cross.
Read more in Issue 222 of Heritage Railway