By the 1960's dieselisation and electrification were gobbling up the steam routes throughout Europe. Quite a few Aussies headed over in the early 1970's, but in the earlier decade, our elder statesman renowned South African Rail expert, Charlie Lewis had the foresight to go north.
By the time we arrived in France in 1974 the only remnants of steam we could find was the odd 141R and we never saw one in steam. I think there were some freight workings, but nothing like the glory days. Austria, on the other hand, offered some spectacular alpine scenery.
In September, 1974, we arrived at the Gasthoff Gruber and waited out several days of horrendous weather with constant snow and very poor light. On the third morning, the rain had gone, the sun was shining and it was absolutely freezing! Perfect conditions for steam photography.
This gives you a taste of what is on offer for the northern part of Europe in "Where Theres Smoke". As of today, June 25,2019, we are about to give the go ahead for assembling and shipping after being more than satisfied with the sample copies we received.
Covering Scotland to the cape, it has been a massive production and the next installment will cover the lower half of Western Europe. Right now you can get a copy shipped to your door in Australia for just $80.
To order in Australia, click below
For delivery to countries outside Australia click on this link. Total price is $110.00A