During the 1970s and ’80s, railway photographer Andy Sparks took an alternative approach to documenting the railway.
His black and white images of what to many of us were everyday scenes, have an evocative and gritty quality, focusing on the passengers, railwaymen and infrastructure.
His recent book – British Rail Scene: The 1970s and early 1980s – has met with considerable praise.
As a follow-on from the recent Railway Magazine pictorial supplement we present a further selection of Andy’s thought-provoking photographs.
More wonderful images in November’ s issue of The RM – on sale now
Right: Manchester Victoria, summer 1979: Going on holiday, a great people-watching photo. Notice their expressions, actions, clothes, hair and a whole array of other thought-provoking aspects.