Railway photographer’s delight as he secures iconic collection

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.

London-bound: LNER A3 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman waits for the right away with the 2.10pm from Manchester London Road to Marylebone on February 28, 1953. The shot is a favourite of photographer Brian Green, who recorded the scene when working at the station during a 29-year railway career. BKB GREEN/NORMAN PREEDY ARCHIVE
London-bound: LNER A3 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman waits for the right away with the 2.10pm from Manchester London Road to Marylebone on February 28, 1953. The shot is a favourite of photographer Brian Green, who recorded the scene when working at the station during a 29-year railway career. BKB GREEN/NORMAN PREEDY ARCHIVE

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.

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