A 90-YEAR-OLD image of an historic North-East building will feature in a new book on the changing face of Britain’s railways.

A 1927 photograph of Darlington's Stooperdale, once known as the town's very own Buckingham Palace, will be featured among 150 images showing how the railways shaped Northern England over the years.

Stooperdale, on Brinkburn Road, was built in 1911 and was designed by the North Eastern Railway Company's architect, William Bell.

The offices were given Grade II listing in 2001 and are now occupied by Railway Pensions Management, which manages the pension funds for a number of railway businesses, including British Transport Police.

The book, titled England’s Railway Heritage from the Air, was written by Peter Waller and will retail at £35.

It will draw images from the Aerofilms collection held by Historic England Archive to depict England’s railway heritage.

For almost a century the photographers employed by Aerofilms recorded the changing face of Britain’s railways.

Speaking about his book, Mr Waller said: "The aerial views offer a unique perspective on how the railways could dominate the landscape.

"The book explores various aspects of England’s unique railway heritage from major city stations and glorious examples of Victorian engineering to the humble goods yard and signal box."

Mr Waller was born in Bradford and now lives in Shropshire. He has worked in the publishing industry for more than 30 years and is the author of many books on transport heritage and industrial archaeology,

The book will be released on October 18.