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Eric Treacy

Introduction

Eric Treacy was one of Britain's finest railway photographers. During the course of more than forty years at the lineside, he produced some of the most memorable images of the railway scene in Britain. He took up photography in Liverpool in 1932, the same year that he became a Deacon in the Church of England. Treacy's interest in locomotives was sparked by a visit to Lime Street station, and he spent the rest of his life trying to capture what he saw as the 'magic' of the railways.

Eric Treacy in his Bishop's robes

Eric Treacy in his Bishop's robes
© National Railway Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

The Treacy collection of 12,000 photographs forms part of the National Railway Museum's archive of over 1.4 million images.