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. This is a superb book, 240 pages landscape. Coverage is of South African Railways owned lines in Natal and the Eastern Cape , thus featuring the Estcourt - Weenen line, the Umlaas Road - Mid Illovo line , both worked by NGG13s. Elsewhere in Natal, NGG16s on the extensive Umzinto - Ixopo - Donnybrook network (including the Madonela branch) are featured. Then , Port Shepstone - Harding , both S.A.R. and Alfred County Railway days - the latter up until 1992, when heavy freight haulage by steam ceased, NGG16s and the two NGG16As here. Last but not least, freight, passenger and mixed trains on the Port Elizabeth - Assegaaibos - Avontuur line, with much coverage of the often busy Gamtoos - Patensie branch line. This system was the preserve of the superb NG15 2-8-2s, of course, although a Garratt gets a look in here too. Make no mistake, the South African 2’00” gauge locos 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, anecdotal captions - often of an extended nature. Each section 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".
This is a chunky book., 25 x 20cm format.