Our latest publication – hard cover, 160 pages of superb colour photos featuring photos of steam trains from Scotland to South Africa.

Samsung in Turkey had so many possibilities including trains and castles! – Mike Tyak

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Covering the western hemisphere, our photographers roamed from country to country risking life and limb, defying authorities, and taking unreasonable risks to photograph steam trains

Vordenberg was worthy a visit. Riding in the cab of these locos with 2 cylinders driving the wheels and 2 driving the rack was very special. – Malcolm Holdsworth

In Austria we find this amazing rack railway with bankers plodding up steep grades in the snow.

Charlie Lewis captured the Garratt in Spain. Some really ancient locos in this part of the world.

Spain with its stronger sunlight and unusual locomotives offered a glimpse of the Garratts that rule Africa further south. It is quite amazing how much content we managed to squeeze in to just 160 pages.


Zonguldak in Turkey ran along the Black Sea and in addition to the great scenery, these Vulcan 2-10-0 Skyliners were one of the more pleasing looking steam engines.

The incredible Vulcan 2-10-2’s at mighty Zonguldak in Turkey are another magnificent beast roaming through spectacular countryside.

Photographers risked life and limb as they followed trains from Damascus towards the Lebanese border, but the scenery kept them going! – Lindsay Rickard

While extremely risky, our photographers followed trains from Damascus towards the Lebanese border, capturing shots such as this in great desert landscape.

Right near Nairobi, this scene includes an East African 29 class – John Allerton

Garratts were the main attraction in Kenya, although considering the lighting, this shot more than stacks up.

John Gaydon caught this early morning shot on the Victoria Falls line. The consist includes 2 electric locomotives, Chinese built and bound for Zhaire at a time when Rhodesia was under a strict international embargo.

The mighty 20th class in Zimbabwe lasted well into the turn of the century. In their heyday they were great to watch.

Further south are the Portuguese colonies of Angola and Mozambique, dangerous places to visit, but rewarding for the photographic opporunities.

While generally, I am not a fan of smoke deflectors, the 15F on the Tzaneen line in South Africa presents a well balance scene, with all the elements required for a great photo – John Gaydon

The final leg of the journey is magnificent South Africa. Land of beautiful team engines, spectacular scenery and that African lighting all combined to keep us very busy.

John Mere worked as a driver for several years in Natal. In between shifts, he managed to captures some great shots such as this of double GMam’s.

As you can see, there is plenty of variety, some amazing locations, wonderful steam displays, and of course magical lighting amongst these shots.

The selection of photos for this book was a difficult process with only the best making the cut, leaving many disappointed that they didn’t make it.

This is a great way to showcase why we all loved steam in our younger days, and revives memories of the time when the iron horse ruled the world.

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