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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has surface rubbing, light age spotting, wear and light creasing to the top edge, and fading to the spine area. There is age spotting to the inside of the front and back cover and to the first and last 3 pages. A few pages throughout the book have light age spotting, otherwise the pages are clean and bright. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 217 x 287 mm.
Pages: 159
Publisher: William Collins
Publication date: 1979 first edition

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New Zealand Steam Finale
By John Cooke & John Vogel

This book covers the twilight period of Steam on the New Zealand Government Railways - that is, from the adoption of a dieselisation policy in 1952 to the final extinction of the steam locomotive in 1971.

The story is told in 163 superb black and white action photographs and 27 in colour supplemented by textual accounts of the Tangiwai tragedy of 1953, the working of the Raurimu Spiral, and a typical foul-weather run from Christchurch up to the alpine steam terminal at Arthur's Pass.

In this we see Steam in all its might, majesty, dominion and power, the last flowering of Man's partnership with the basic elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Air. The authors' approach is unashamedly nostalgic: Steam had a special beauty and a quality of magic its successors have none, and life is the poorer for the assing of the steamers.

Written with insight, illustrated with loving care by dedicated railfan photographers, New Zealand Steam Finale is a splendid memorial to a great breed of machines and to the men who served them.

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