Over the years, there have been many books celebrating the might steam locomotive. Some are better than others, while most are from a single author.
We have been fortunate to have exclusive rights to market some very special books on line. They were compiled mainly by Australian base enthusiasts, who is some cases travelled the world in search of steam from the early 1970s. These guys were my pals as I grew up, and we have spent many good time together in various parts of the world. It is amazing how you meet people you know in places as diverse as northern Germany and South Africa.
Some of these books have high artistic merit, while others offer superb colour pictorials with the best of the best in terms of coverage. We hope you will enjoy them. For now, here is a list of current offerings. Please click on the title for more details or to purchase.
“Northern Exposures” This book was produced in 2014, combining the skills of a wide range of Australia’s best Railway Photographers. Colour photos ranged from the Central NSW town of Gosford to the Queensland Border. Regrettably we underestimated its popularity and there are no more copies available.
“Lenses South” is a new publication due mid 2016. I have just reviewed the proofs and it is simply stunning. Extensive investigation has uncovered some amazing colour photos dating back as far as the 1050s featuring steam operations around Sydney and south to the Victorian border. At a massive 192 pages of full colour, we expect copies to move fast. Get your name on the mailing list if you would like to be notified nearer publication and receive the pre-publication discount offer.
“Railway Portraits” 1,2 & 3 were produced by Robert and Bruce Wheatley. These are in black and white, and offer a wide range of photos all over NSW, where they travelled as teenagers. The beauty of these two is that the focused on Railway operations back in steam days. There are great images of the train staff, enginemen servicing locos, staff exchanging, and business that grew up around the railway. These books are the best memoirs I have seen capturing the look a feel of what it was like to work on the railway. In addition, they are each a work of art.
“Famous Last Lines” 1,2 & 3 When the first of these books was produced, it was snapped up. the famous Last Lines series is a combination of coverage by several well-travelled railway photographers, who have selected their favourite places and showcased them in more detail than your typical pictorial. You will learn about each system, how it operated, and see stunning images, all in full colour. Regrettably Famous Last Lines version 1 is no longer in print, but you can get books 2 & 3.
“Fading Steam” Malcolm Holdsworth is the creative genius behind the Famous Last Lines series. Malcolm produced his first Railway book, “Focus On Steam” back in 1973 to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Zig Zag Railway west of Sydney. Malcolm’s most recent publication is “Northern Exposures” and he reckons there is only one more book in him! During many wanderings to far flung locations on the planet, Malcolm amassed a ton of superb colour photos. In “Fading Steam” you can share in his memories of times gone by. The coverage of China and Latin America alone is worth the price tag. It has an incredible 176 pages of full cover and makes a great coffee table book.
“Heavy Metal” was to be the showcase of photographers George Bambury, Robert Kingsford-Smith and Malcolm Holdsworth. Deciding to select their best shots and showcase them, they came up with this 160 page full colour pictorial. While this book is light on text, it has great captions (as do all the books listed here) and plenty of full colour photos. When I look at the cover, I am eternally reminded of a photo I took of a 141R in Spain in superb lighting that has vanished from my collection. The cover of “Heavy Metal, features the shot taken by Malcolm Holdsworth who was standing next to me at the time. As can be seen above this book was the start of great things!