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The Spirit of Steam by Roy Sinclair
Text by Gordon Troup

Of all our great mechanical creations, none has found its way into the hearts of men as inextricably as the steam engine. And in the hierarchy of such machines, the mighty steam railway locomotive is surely king. Who among us old enough to have attended upon the last glorious days of the age of steam has not stopped, mesmerised at the passage of this monarch of the rails? The spirit of steam was all pervading, and even in retirement stubbornly clings to its special place in life.

In this book 118 superb photographs of steam in New Zealand by photographer Roy Sinclair, with text by Gordon Troup, evoke the continuing vitality of their subject. Here we see the giant leviathan awake and swell into life, grasp its incredibly heavy load and, straining at first, move out for its distant goal. We see ?double headers? thundering up steep mountain passes, tiptoeing across high bridges, and pounding through the ever-changing New Zealand landscape.

Hardback, 1st edition 1975, 128pages, good condition, small tear/wear in dust jacket

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