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China: The World's Last Steam Railway [Hardcover]

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Three photographers, who have visited China 35 times over a ten-year period, create what will likely be the world's final photographic essay of the steam engine era. Nostalgic and evocative, these images capture a special moment in history. China was the last country to build steam locomotives...and the last to stop using them. For years, authorities planned to eradicate steam by the 2008 Olympics; they have now practically achieved this goal. Scenes such as those shown in these pages will be no more. The remarkable array of photos includes sheds, workshops, and steelworks; trains, stations, and ticket booths; narrow-gauge railways in Beijing and the northeast; and every region from Tonghua and Hunjiang to Pingdingshan. Most impressive of all: the JiTong Railway, the greatest steam show on earth.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.97" Width: 10.24" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   3.22 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 6, 2008
Publisher   Artist's and Photographers' Press Ltd
ISBN  1904332803  
ISBN13  9781904332800  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gordon Edgar loves cheese and worker-owned co-ops, and has been combining both of these infatuations as a cheesemonger at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative in San Francisco for more than 15 years. Edgar has been a judge at cheese competitions, a board member for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, and, since 2002, has blogged at Surrounded by his vast and decaying collection of zines and obscure punk 7-inches, he lives in San Francisco with his girlfriend and their no-longer-imaginary white miniature schnauzer.

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Transportation > General
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Transportation > Railroads > General
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Transportation > Railroads > Pictorial

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Absolutely Stunning! - Buy this book!  Jun 4, 2008
This has to be one of the best railroad photography books of all time. It ranks right up there with "The Great Steam Trek" of about 20 years ago which contained many great photos of South African steam in its final days, and the O. Winston Link books, which did the same for steam on the Norfolk & Western.
The photos contained in this volume, which were primarily taken in the winter months, show Chinese steam locomotives as part of their environment. All types of operations are covered, from doubleheaded QJ's on mainline freights, to the 2-foot gauge 0-8-0's on the logging and mining lines.
The main thought that was going through my mind as I paged through this book for the first time was that it was too bad that the color films and fast lenses that we know today did not exist back in the 40's and 50's so that this treatment could have been given to the last years of steam in the U.S.
In summary, this book is a 'must have' for anyone interested in steam locomotives and in railroad photography in general.

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