AN INDIAN SUMMER OF STEAMDAVID MAIDMENT Book Number: 85597 Product format: Hardback
Beautifully produced by Pen & Sword, this second volume of Maidment's account of his career as a railway manager and chronicler of the last days of steam is a delight to read, with some wonderful photos of magnificent engines. His brief spell as stationmaster at Abereeg in the Welsh Valleys produces some atmospheric photos: a hilltop view of the signal box and station in 1964 is shrouded in mist - or is it coal dust? - while a hopper train for iron ore puffs its way spectacularly out of Ebbw Vale. Following the demise of British steam in 1968, Maidment travels to Europe and beyond to record and photograph steam specials all over the world. On a trip to France and Germany in 1986 he explores the world of the TGV and its sleek operation from the Gare de Lyon, then moves on to the Selketalbahn in the Harz Mountains with its sharp curves, beautiful pinewoods and unnerving gradients. Here a massive cloud of steam dominates his shot of the Wernigerode to Brocken metre-gauge engine. Further afield on the Khyber Pass railway in 1996, the author snaps Armstrong Whitworth 2218 at a water stop. Other highlights include an extraordinary SNCF "Mountain" engine in 1968 pulling the 15-coach Train 953 into Nantes, a Chinese limestone railway narrow gauge locomotive at Dahuichang in 2002, and Westminster Abbey climbing through snow at Llanvihangel in a prizewinning photo of 1953. Heavyweight, glossy 320pp, 200 photos, 100 in colour, 7" x 10".
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