A Wearsider who captured the golden age of steam on camera will be the focus of a special event this week.
Rail enthusiast Ian S Carr spent more than 50 years photographing Sunderland’s train networks, stations and railways.
Now, almost a year on from Ian’s death at 77, fellow historian Neil Sinclair is to remember him in a talk on Saturday.
“I will be looking at Ian’s wide interests in rail, including researching the history of Wearside railways,” said Neil.
“I’ll also be mentioning his collection of railwayana – including the last tickets issued for the Marsden Rattler train.”
Ian, who was born in Sunderland in 1937, developed an interest in trains after being evacuated to Cumbria during the war.
But it wasn’t until 1950, while a pupil at Bede Grammar, that he started making photographic records of his rail journeys.
“Over the years Ian’s work has featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers, as well as more than 300 books,” said Neil.
“From the golden age of steam, to diesel and even narrow gauge industrial lines, Ian managed to capture them all on camera.”
l Neil’s talk will be held at Sunderland Museum at 2pm on January 9. Admission is £1 for non-members of FOSUMS. An exhibition of Ian’s work is currently on show at Monkwearmouth Station Museum. Ian’s photos courtesy of the Armstrong Railway Trust.