Colin Garratt is a brilliant photographer of steam locomotives. He has traveled around the world to write about them and photograph them - the steam locomotives that are still a living and acting force in the world, though rapidly vanishing now. He has visited remote Greek railway tracks, Welsh collieries, the jungles of the Far East, the plains of Africa.
In the book he clearly sets out some of the surviving schools of design - the British, German, Austrian and American - discussing their technical characteristics, aesthetic aspects and present distributions. But for many the greatest appeal of this book will be the illustration, almost a hundred of them, half in colour covering sixteen different countries ranging from Europe and Scandinavia to Africa and the Far East. The pictures and text are finely balanced, each designed to heighten the other.
Hardback with dust-cover