By the end of World War II Britain was nearly bankrupt. It owed huge sums to the United States yet needed to reconstruct a country ravaged by war, whose industry was geared to war, whilst reabsorbing over 4 million demobbed servicemen and women. Modernisation of the railways was not, nor could it be, a priority. So the age of steam rolled on in Britain for another 20 years which may account for the particularly deep nostalgia felt for steam locomotion today. 60 years ago there were still many steam engines in use on the British Railways network, but the change to diesel (apart from on the Southern routes electrified before the War) was well under way. The end of the age of steam had been recognised, but how to satisfactorily commemorate The Railway Age was not. The first 10 of these prints were published in part to commemorate that age before it was lost completely. The Railway Museum at York had the largest collection of steam locomotives (as it does today). But there were other engines scattered about the country in railway sidings, at platforms, in paint shops and elsewhere that confronted the British Transport Commission with the problem of what to save and where to save it at a time of continuing austerity.