This beautifully presented full colour expose of steam trains around the world, features three excellent Railway Photographers, the late George Bambery, Malcolm Holdsworth and Robert Kingsford-Smith. In this publication the three try to outdo each other with superb photos from every continent on earth, except Antarctica for obvious reasons!
Being the first of the Cadeco series of publications, it features the cream of their collections gained from a combined 75 years of photographing steam. From Australia to the South of Argentina, Turkey to South Africa, plus superb shots in Pakistan, there is something for everyone here. Considering the three went on to produce Famous Last Lines 1,2 and 3, without exhausting their collections, you can imagine the quality presented here.
Can you imagine venturing to the Pakistan Afghan border to get a photo of this quality. These days you probably wouldn’t get out alive! This is one of my favourites from the George Bambery collection.
Another of George’s taken near Seljuk Turkey where ancient history meets modern steam traction. Fortunately Turkey slowed down dieselisation for a period or we would have missed sights such as this one.
Malcolm is never one to back down from a challenge, and indeed is the driving force behind Cadeco, publisher of this and many other fine Railway books. With a reputation for eloquent language and an eye for the unusual, Malcolm comes up with some unique and impacting photos worthy of the best photographic exhibitions of any kind.
The unique lighting and photographic angle make this rather ordinary journey of a German 2-10-2 travelling near the Hartz Mountains into a spectacular shot.
With somewhat more spectacular scenery, Malcolm was lucky enough to visit Darjeeling in India on an occasion the line was not washed away! Apparently there still is hope of more steam trips on this line, weather permitting.
Rags, as he is affectionately known by those closest to him, was a mentor to all of us back in the days. Being a few years older, and perhaps wiser, his enthusiasm drove many of us to venture to far away lands in search of steam.
In 1976, around the time the Syrian’s invaded Lebanon, Rags got this shot in the Baraba Gorge, on the way to the border. He was lucky to get there, having met the invasion force on its way to the border on route to the photo location.
Southern Chile featured a broad 5’6″ gauge main line with huge 4-8-2s equipped with US style bells. I particularly like this shot in the timbered countryside, not unlike many parts of Western Europe. The site of one of these beasts arriving with bell clanging was definitely a reminder of US steam days.
I have managed to get the last few copies of this superb publication, locked away for many years in a shed. Fortunately they were kept in perfect condition, ready for future connoisseurs of steam. If you are looking for some great photos which share the history of the steam engine from around the world, this is the one that set Cadeco on its way to becoming acknowledged as producer of the finest Railway Publications.
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