About the Book
An apt description of the 67 km long railway running from George to Knysna in the Southern Cape area of South Africa. It was one of the best known steam worked railways in the World and constantly attracted photographers, both local and from overseas.
For several decades the Class 24 2-8-4s dominated the scene and only in later years were they supplemented by the 19D 4-8-2s on scheduled trains. Nonetheless many other classes put in an appearance from time to time. Notwithstanding familiar locomotives, the attraction lay in the line's varied scenery. This railway had it all : the ocean, estuaries, rivers and lakes, pastoral farmland, pretty as a picture villages, forests and mountain backdrops. Not to mention one of the World's most famous railway bridges.Other picturesque bridges and tunnels abounded.
As varied as the scenery was, so too the weather : fickle in the extreme, great patience was required by photographers as they waited for the coastal fronts to clear. Over the years, the Author spent more time in the vicinity of this line than any other, notwithstanding that it was 1,200 km from his home. In this, the first of four Volumes covering the line in great photographic depth, the Author has selected many of his favourite images from a period extending through three decades, and arranged them geographically thereby presenting a return journey over the line. A substantial portion of the route cannot be accessed by vehicle and the Author has walked the entire length of these remote sections searching out unfamiliar locations. This, together with having been granted access to various private properties, permits the presentation of images taken from unfamiliar vantage points.
Realising that four Volumes will be beyond the requirements of some readers, the Author has specially assembled this first Volume which is completely "stand alone " in its own right. The book is not designed for steam / railway enthusiasts alone. All those who love stunning landscapes in this most beautiful part of South Africa will find this book fascinating. The book is set out in a logical geographic progression, following a journey made during three decades from George to Knysna. If you think the outward journey has great images, wait until you see the return (which takes up the second half of the book ) Some of the sunset scenes are jaw dropping.
Without a doubt this is the finest book ever produced on this great railway and one that the Author is proud to add to his "Blurb" catalogue, now running to five titles. The Volume is produced to exacting standards , and is a full 160 pages. THE AUTHOR STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THE HARDCOVER, DUST JACKET OPTION. At 330mm by 280 mm it is a massive book. ( Please note that an alternative version [of standard landscape size] is also available, with a different cover, but otherwise the same content.)
However, photography like this demands a large format and, whilst realising that print on demand books are unavoidably expensive, "go for it" . The Author does not add any royalty whatsoever to this or any of his books, which are available to the public at production cost.
The entire book is available for a full FREE preview. Please visit the Author's Bookstore and look at the other titles that are available.
Postage and packing are the same for several books , as for a single book. So please consider other titles in the Author's BLURB catalogue, and / or get together with like minded friends to combine an order.
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Moore3450@mweb.co.za or phone +27 (0) 11 764 5425
Features & Details
- Category Travel
Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm
- Publish Date Jan 10, 2012
- Tags "South, African, Railways, S.A.R., Garden, Route, Steam, Locomotives, Photography, Dennis, Moore, Railways, George, Knysna, Landscape, Scenic, Trains, Sedgefield, Kaaimans, Swartvlei, Wilderness, Sunset, Class, 24, Class, 19D, Garratts, Garratt, Goukamma, Buffalo, Bay, Touw, River, Belvedere, Brenton, Belvidere, South, Africa, Pictorial, Cape, Gauge, Engines, Mixed, Trains, Freight, Trains, Passenger, Trains, Victoria, Bay, Keytersnek, Lake, District, Groenvlei, tunnels, bridge, award, winning, photography"
A well known South African Railway Photographer, Dennis is the author of two best selling books on South African steam locomotives , ' The Sunset Of Steam' and 'The Shimmer of Steel' . He has also published 47 (mostly very large) landscape format books on www.blurb.com. For a complete list and full details simply go directly to http://www.blurb.com/user/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, expanded captions, maps etc are included. All Blurb books may be viewed (preview), in full, and for free. To contact the Author, phone +27 21 879 0308 or e mail him at Moore3450@ictmail.co.za