Fading Steam

Malcolm Holdsworth started his steam journey a little later than most of us due to his age. He enthusiastically produced the book, “Focus on Steam” while still a teenager and got a thirst for publishing as a result.

Even in those early years, he managed some beautiful colour photos of steam. He travelled to North Queensland and photographed some of the sugar trains that used to operate in that part of the world.In the book is the picture above of double 10 class SMR tanks on a loaded coal train.

Under the influence of myself, Robert Kingsford-Smith, A. E. Dusty Durrant and a few others who enjoyed a beer together at the County Clare in Sydney, Malcolm finally left Australia with me in pursuit of the iron horse. His first stop was South Africa where he managed this magnificent effort far above the South African coastline near Knysna.

Fading Steam follows his journey. His 21st was celebrated on that first sojourn abroad and for the next 30 years, he visited every steam line he could find, travelling to all corners of the globe, even including Pakistan, where you are more likely to encounter marauding Taliban than steam these days.

A Pacific hauls a passenger train in Pakistan. A beautifully proportioned locomotive.

As you would expect, the photos in this book are stunning, the memories vivid, and the writing eloquent. The book covers a rounded out 20 countries, ending with the mighty QJs in western China.

In the same format as “Northern Exposures”, you get 176 pages of colour photos, seen through the lens of an artistic photographer dedicated to steam.

A Henschel heads into the distance in deep snow near Esquel Argentina.

If you have been there it will evoke memories, if not, you can see what you have missed and have a small piece to drool over.

Being a little larger than our other offerings, this represents excellent value for money. A great talking piece to leave on the coffee table.

The above shot is of 2 ABT rack tank engines near Vordenburg Austria putting on quite a show.

With Fading Steam, you can have the best of the world’s steam lines of the last 30 years at your fingertips. A must for any steam buff.


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