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Keith Widdowson visited the North Eastern Region of British Railways on over 40 occasions during the final 18 months of steam powered passenger services. With the odd exceptions (usually for railtours) most of the locomotives were neglected, run down, filthy, prone to failure and often only kept their wheels turning courtesy of the skills of the crew coaxing them along with TLC. Far from the scenic delights so often justifiably portrayed of the Yorkshire countryside the ever-dwindling numbers became corralled within the industrialized heartland of Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield and Normanton. Here he recalls that bygone era, having to lead an almost nomadic nocturnal existence on his self-imposed "mission" that of stalking the endangered "Iron Horses" in one of their final habitats. He was often far from alone in his quest. The "Haulage-bashing" fraternity comprised of like-minded enthusiasts from throughout Britain often congregated, lemming like, on the one-coach early morning mail trains, the Summer Saturday holidaymaker trains or the Bradford portions. In fact any passenger service with a steam locomotive at its front was liable for an "invasion" by them! From the many disappointments of thwarted possibilities to the euphoric joy of unexpected catches, together with over 130 contemporary images, here is a further snapshot of the race against time at the end of the golden age of steam. It is a personal and informed account that all people with any interest in the North East or steam in general will no doubt relate to.