Volume 2 in the Narrow Gauge Steam bookazine series has just been published, offering a wealth of brilliant content for steam enthusiasts everywhere.
The second edition of Narrow Gauge Steam (& Other Railway Curiosities) is literally packed full of fascinating features spanning railway gauge extremes, from the 15in Heatherslaw Light Railway in Northumberland, to the 3ft 6in gauge of South Africa’s main lines and their massive Garratt articulated locomotives.
Historical gems include the rarely-published details of the Castlederg & Victoria Bridge Tramway in Northern Ireland, the Glyn Valley Tramway and the last decade of steam on the County Donegal Railway. We also visit the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, and witness the very first steam on the line following its closure by BR.
There’s also a nostalgic look back at the final years of operation on the Dinorwic Quarry and Padarn Railway systems, plus a fascinating account of the world’s oldest, operational electric railway, that was originally conceived by Magnus Volk in 1883.
The 50th anniversary of the Great Whipsnade Railway (originally the Whipsnade & Umfolozi Railway) is marked with a look back at its early days, and readers can also be transported bad to 1960s Brittany, for a visit to the once-extensive Réseau Breton.
Other treats include a look at metre-gauge Pecketts that were operating at Wellingborough in 1961, as well as current-day visits to check on progress of the key revival schemes being made to Donegal, Chirk and Glyn Ceiriog.
This 100-page, A4 format, perfect-bound bookazine has been edited by Paul Appleton and is available to buy now for just £8.99 at Kelsey Publishing’s online shop by clicking here.