Our latest publication – hard cover, 160 pages of superb colour photos featuring photos of steam trains from Scotland to South Africa.
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
In Austria we find this amazing rack railway with bankers plodding up steep grades in the snow.
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.
The incredible Vulcan 2-10-2’s at mighty Zonguldak in Turkey are another magnificent beast roaming through spectacular countryside.
While extremely risky, our photographers followed trains from Damascus towards the Lebanese border, capturing shots such as this in great desert landscape.
Garratts were the main attraction in Kenya, although considering the lighting, this shot more than stacks up.
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.
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.
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.