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, 126 pages landscape. Coverage is of the South African Railways owned line between Port Shepstone (on Natal’s South Coast) and Harding.
About half of the coverage is of S.A.R. days (until 1986), and the remainder when the line saw heavy steam worked freight trains, under the management of the Alfred County Railways (1988 – 1992).. This line was the preserve of the NGG16 Garratts, although in ACR days, an NG15 got a look in too. Plus, the two reconstructed NGG16As are especially featured.
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 nostalgic photographs, the book abounds with informative, anecdotal captions - often of an extended nature. 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 omnibus work “Steam on South African Railways' narrow gauge lines” , please see the separate entry in the bookstore. However, this dedicated book (Port Shepstone - Harding) has an additional 30 pages of coverage.
" PORT SHEPSTONE – HARDING narrow gauge steam " is a complete work in its own right, focusing on this particular, and much loved, narrow gauge line.