NARROW GAUGE STEAM FROM PORT ELIZABETH [standard landscape format]
including the Patensie branch line
by Dennis Moore
The steam worked narrow gauge (2’00”) railways of South Africa attracted the attention of enthusiasts worldwide, as witness the continued workings by their locomotives within South Africa and in several overseas countries. 116 pages landscape. Coverage is of the S.A.R n.g. line, running from Port Elizabeth , westwards through Assegaaibos and on to Avontuur. Particular attention is also paid to the Gamtoos – Patensie branch line. As well as being scenic, it was also quite busy during the weeks of the orange harvest every year. .
This is real steam, with regular S.A.R. operations on the “main line” lasting into the 1980s, whilst the line to Patensie remained a bastion of steam until the early 1990s. These operations were in the hands of the superb NG15 2-8-2s, usually single headed, but two such locomotives were often run in tandem to haul the heaviest trains during the ‘Patensie orange season’. The beautifully proportioned NG15s, often referred to (somewhat inaccurately) as ‘Kalaharis’, certainly made a change from the Garratt haulage found on South Africa’s other narrow gauge lines. That said, the book includes workings by an NGG16 for good measure..
Make no mistake, the South African 2’00” gauge locomotives are unlike any others in the World. Large and powerful, they are truly impressive. This is real steam action.
Besides the stunning nostalgic photographs, the book abounds with informative, often extended anecdotal captions. It features an informative introduction, a route schematic and summarised technical information. The photographs, of course, are the essence of this book. Taken from the collection of South Africa's most prolific steam photographer, well known for his 23 books to date, including the highly acclaimed best sellers "The Sunset of Steam" and "The Shimmer of Steel". Please note that this book is partially extracted from the very large omnibus work “Steam on SARs narrow gauge lines” (cf.), but includes, exclusively, an extra 40 pages coverage.
A well known South African Railway Photographer, Dennis Moore is the author / photographer of two best selling books on South African steam locomotives , ' The Sunset Of Steam' and 'The Shimmer of Steel' . He has also published 35 (mostly very large) landscape format books on www.blurb.com. For a complete list and full details simply go directly to www.blurb.com/user/store/red3450 (India, China, Zimbabwe, East Germany, U.K. industrial are among the titles as well as the most extraordinary coverage of all things 'South African steam'). Magnificent photographs and design abound.. A well known exponent of night, silhouette and glint photography,the Author includes many examples of such work,but the scope is broad, covering the conventional and unusual approach to Steam photography. Lively anecdotal text and summaries are included. All Blurb books may be viewed (preview), in full, and for free. To contact the Author, phone+27 (0)11 764 5425 or e mail at .... Moore3450@mweb.co.za
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