STeam Train Magic


When I was a boy, I developed an obsession about steam trains. By the time I left school I had met up with others of like mind and between us we scoured the globe recording the might iron horse, often in its last days at various locations. “Where There’s Smoke” is a 2 volume series, showcasing the best of our efforts. Many of our photos have featured in books and magazines in several countries. Here we present many never before published images that represent the best of our work. We hope you will enjoy viewing them as much as we did “getting the shots”.

About The Book

Way back in the 1970s steam trains were quickly disappearing around the world. Much of Europe had little steam by the end of the 1960s, but it survived in China until very recently, although only in a coal mine! Over 50 years, our group travelled to remote parts of the world, often taking unreasonable risks top record the might steam loco in its natural habitat, using our photographic skills and resources to record high quality images of steam trains in regular action. 

This book is produced in 2 parts, simply because we couldn’t fit everything in to the one publication. Part 1 covers Scotland to the Cape covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Part 2 ventures into ASIA, Latin America and Australasia. Click on the “Discover More” button to view a selection of the images.

Part 1 is 160 pages covering The UK, Europe, Middle East and Turkey and the dark continent of Africa. Part 2 is 192 pages covering Asia, Australasia and the Americas. All images are full colour and reproduced using the latest scanning techniques to bring them back to life. These are images that will take your breath away.

400 class Garratt South Australia 1969

What’s inside

Part 1

Part 2



Western Europe

UK, Portugal, Spain, France, West Germany, Italy, Austria


Eastern Europe

East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece


The Middle East

Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan



Sudan, Kenya, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa


South East Asia

Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam,
The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia


North ASIA

Soviet Union, China & Japan



New Zealand 


Latin America

Cuba, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, & Argentina


Thanks John, your fantastic book arrived yesterday, and I am enjoying taking my time
going through the various countries. Amazing photography by some of the all time great
steam enthusiasts travelling around the World. Once again, thank you for the opportunity
to purchase, regards,

Alan Jones.



Volume 1 covers 27 countries and volume 2 covers 26 countries. Special contributions from the legendary  Charile Lewis in part 1 and Basil Roberts ion part 2.  

About the authors.

The books are principally a product of Malcolm Holdsworth, Rags (Robert) Kingsford-Smith, John Allerton, John Gaydon & Mike Tyack

Our friendships started in Australia, and continued on a 4 month tour of Europe in a campervan, which included 4 of the authors. It has continued to this day.

John Gaydon

Other books

African Steam Safari

Railway Portraits

Superheat Sold Out



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