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Top Steam Railways of the World

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Less than 50 years ago, trains were routinely hauled by majestic steam-powered locomotives. These magnificent machines still exercise a powerful hold on our imagination, conjuring up the romance of oldfashioned rail travel and the excitement of human ingenuity pitted against the challenges of narrow passes, tight bends and fearsome gradients. Although the heyday of steam has passed, it is still possible to travel on preserved lines, heritage railways and industrial lines where steam traction is still in use. Many of these journeys have been made possible by the dedicated efforts of steam enthusiasts, who have struggled to acquire, keep open and refurbish routes that railway companies had earmarked for closure. This book profiles 26 of these remarkable journeys, ranging from the popular Ffestiniog Railway in northern Wales to the Changa Manga Forest Railway of Pakistan. Each chapter sketches the story behind the journey and details the locomotives that are in use, illustrated throughout with spectacular photography.


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Pages 160
Publish Date 2014-03-03
Size 8.7" x 9.8" x 0.9"
Author Anthony Lambert
Product Form Paperback / softback

About the Author

Top Steam Journeys of the World features contributions from 13 rail writers, many of whom also contributed to The World's Great Railway Journeys and Extraordinary Railway Journeys, both published by New Holland. Among the authors are Steve Barry, Peter Lemmey, Nick Lera and Colin Boocock, who have also provided some of the memorable photography contained in the book. Anthony Lambert, consultant and author, has travelled on the railways of over 40 countries and written 15 books about his experiences. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a trustee of both Birmingham and Kidderminster railway museums.

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