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Twenty First Century Narrow Gauge (Hardback)

A Pictorial Journey

Transport > Trains & Railways

By James Waite
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Narrow Gauge Railways
Pages: 288
Illustrations: 300
ISBN: 9781473887671
Published: 18th March 2019



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James Waite has been a skilled railway photographer for many years. In this book he has brought together photographs of many of the world’s steam-worked narrow gauge railways in the twenty-first century, concentrating mostly on views which show the scenery, both natural and man-made, through which they ran. They are accompanied by extended captions; the fruit of extensive research containing much historical information about the railways and their locos. He also offers many fascinating insights into the districts and communities which they serve, along with anecdotes about his adventures while visiting them which are often amusing and always informative.

Review by John New

... what I can write here is that the book is well bound, the images are good and very well reproduced. To conclude, if a coffee table style book on narrow gauge railways is of interest then this book's reproduction quality does justify the cover price.

The Stephenson Locomotive Society

This book then is a superb collection of photos and information for lines that some people cannot get to, or may not see a train run again – like the Penrhyn Quarry Railway in Wales.

Whether you want to see photos from railways in your country or see how other railways operate around the world, Twenty First Century Narrow Gauge is a great addition to any bookshelf.

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Rail Advent

The quality of the photographs in this book are excellent, very good value and thoroughly recommended.

Ffestiniog Railway Magazine

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Austrian Railway Group

The pictures in the book show a practiced eye for composition and by no way are just three quarter views of the train, this is very much a book featuring the train in the landscape where foreground interest has been included and enhanced what was already an excellent picture.
In summary an excellent book for anyone with an interest in twenty first century narrow gauge around the world.

Bradford Railway Circle

This substantial new book brings together an excellent selection of high quality photographs of many of the world’s steam-worked narrow gauge railways which have survived into the twenty-first century.

Railway Modeller & Continental Modeller, August 2019

The visuals consist of 329 wonderful color photographs each more striking. Each of them could give rise to a new book... Impressive.

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Miniaturas JM

James Waite has toured the world and taken photographs of nearly all the remaining steam-worked narrow gauge railways in the twenty first century.
His well produced full colour photographs give a great insight into what is left and the district and communities of where they are. His many anecdotes about his adventures while visiting these communities are very informative often amusing.

Branch Lines & Light Railway Publications

James clearly has an eye for an attractive photo, as well as a passion for narrow gauge railways... If you like steam railways and/or narrow gauge railways, with 288 pages each featuring one or two well composed and interesting photos, there is a lot for you to enjoy in this book.

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Michael's Model Railways

A welcome addition to all personal, community, and academic library railroading history collections, "Twenty First Century Narrow Gauge: A Pictorial Journey" is a truly extraordinary volume that will be especially appreciated by dedicated railroading history buffs.

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Midwest Book Review

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BBC Radio Berkshire with presenter Bill Buckley, 4th April 2019

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Narrow Gauge World, Christmas 2018

About James Waite

JAMES WAITE is a well-known and widely-respected photographer and historian of narrow gauge railways, and has for many years been a regular contributor to Narrow Gauge World, the UK’s leading magazine in this field.
He has been a life-long railway enthusiast who first became interested in the narrow gauge in his school days, and has been an avid photographer for more than fifty years.
This is his second book for Pen & Sword. His first, Twenty First Century Narrow Gauge, was published in 2019.
James continues to write books and magazine articles when not visiting remote and interesting parts of the world to explore new railways.

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