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Twenty First Century Narrow Gauge (Hardback)

A Pictorial Journey

Transport Trains and 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.

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 was brought up in Devon within sight and sound of one of the GWR’s prettiest branch lines and can’t remember a time when he wasn’t an ardent enthusiast. He was introduced to the narrow gauge at school which, conveniently, was within sight of the old Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. Its route was then largely intact even though the track had been lifted twenty-five years earlier. A family holiday in North Wales saw the start of an affection for the little trains which has continued ever since. Many years later, retirement from full-time work has enabled him to discover for himself the many fascinating railways still running in far-away places. He is a regular contributor to 'Narrow Gauge World', the UK’s leading magazine in its field.

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