In 2019, there are only a few places on earth where you can witness steam locomotives in regular service. All of them are in the wild outback of China and are very limited in scale. While there are many preserved lines enabling us to get a glimpse of what once was, it is no longer possible to photograph express steam passenger trains, or the mighty Garratts of Southern Africa. They are simply a memory.
Back in steam days, many people risked life and limb travelling to remote corners of the world in search of the iron horse. Certainly some of my fondest memories are travelling on steam express trains in Australia, South Africa and Germany, over steep mountain passes and alongside the ocean.
Bonds formed in those times have kept our photographers in touch over many years. We have been honoured to have photos published in multiple publications, including landmarks such as ‘Steam in Africa’ and ‘The Great Steam Trek’.
More recently the Australian contingent produced three hugely popular books on steam operations in New South Wales, Australia. The reasons these publications sold so well were related to content, variety of photographs and, more importantly, the high production standards we apply. All our photographs are full colour, and there is an emphasis on photographic excellence in shot selection.
Where there's smoke may be our final hurrah! In this publication (there will be two volumes due to the wide area of coverage) we are presenting the best of the best of our global coverage. Contributors include Charlie Lewis, who visited Europe in the mid-1960's and became internationally known for his South African images, Robert Kingsford-Smith, who now leads rail tours throughout Asia and is well respected amongst the Australian railfan community, Mike Tyack and Pete Skelton from the United Kingdom, and others.
Part 1 covers operations from Scotland all the way to Cape Town, with chapters encompassing Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East including Turkey, and Northern, Central and Southern Africa. There are plodding old engines from the mid-19th century through to sleek express passenger machines running at high speed in the latter days of steam haulage.
If you have a love of steam, or are simply curious to see some of the amazing scenery and motive power that operated around the world only a generation ago, you will be proud to have this book in your collection.
Because it is being released in 2019, we have been able to access high quality reproduction and printing that brings the photos back to life, with many images defying their age in terms of reproduction. Readers are truly amazed when they see the captions and realise when and where the photos were taken. We have engaged top notch design experts and spared no expense to get it right.
If you would like a copy for a friend or yourself, you can order it now. Delivery is expected later in 2019 and the early bird price includes postage. Two packages are available. One is for delivery within Australia and the other is for the rest of the world. You can also purchase direct from out UK supplier at http://www.steamscenes-cadeco.co.uk/. Mike is one of our photographers and has been servicing the UK and European community for years with quality steam publications.
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For delivery to countries outside Australia click on this link. Total price is $110.00A