Steam & Railway Image Library - The Alan Ledger Collection

An original collection of British & European
steam train photography from 1962-2024

steam & railway photographic image library

By ex-railway driver, lifetime steam enthusiast & train photographer Alan Ledger

About the Collection

Learn about Alan Ledger original collection of steam railway photos, spanning his railway career that began in 1965 through to modern day. Focusing on steam engines in Britain as well as across Europe, China and South Africa railway in the 1960's, 1970's and beyond.

Buy the Book

Coming Soon.

Alan is developing a book showincasing his journey and career as a train driver and railway worker through his photography collection.

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Buy Prints & Gifts

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A selection of Alan's images are now available to purchase as prints, framed prints and other printed items. You can order you prints by browsing the selection here.

Alan Ledger

meet the photographer

Alan Ledger is a lifetime steam train enthusiast, photographer & now a retired Train Driver.

After starting work as an apprentice fireman on the railways at age 15, he worked as a train driver right up until his retirement in 2009. In his lifelong career in the railway industry, he personally witnessed the end of stream rail in Britain and captured his unique perspective on these events through his photography collection.

articles from alan's blog

Saltley steam shed Birmingham

Hi all, One of my early poor quality Brownie camera pictures taken at work. Can you believe they would let

77-261 at Vienna East 30/06/1972

On 11 Jul 2024, at 19:42, Alan Ledger <alan.r.ledger@blueyonder.co.uk> wrote: Hi all, A lucky shot of a class 77, 77-261.

Picture of the week

Hi all, It’s an absolute pea souper at 09.29 am in the morning and here is West German Pacific 012-073

71000 POTW

Here’s a shot for all you Brumies, (The Duke) 71000 ”Duke of Gloucester” Standard class 8P 4-6-2 working a London