Two Feet Between the Tracks
The 'two foot' (or 60cm) gauge holds a special place in the affections of narrow gauge enthusiasts. Large enough to qualify as a 'real' railway (with locomotives up to 60 tons, and trains to match), it provides at the other extreme the ultimate in 'classic' small locomotives such as the Kerr Stuart 'Wren' and Decauville 0-4.0T, antique equipment and quaint operating methods. Trevor Rowe has travelled extensively in Great Britain and worldwide to document these small railways and in this book presents a remarkable array of railways whose common feature is 'two feet between the tracks'.
Among the scenes depicted in this book are
- views from the 'two Foot' gauge around Britain . public and preservation lines; park and estate railways; railways serving slate quarries; mines and factories . . . even a steam tramway;
- preserved railways and locomotives in Finland, France, West Germany, Holland, Sweden, Thailand, Zimbabwe and the USA;
- 'common carrier and freight only railways in Angola, Argentina, Chile, Fiji, Greece, Indonesia, Poland, Spain, Tasmania and Yugoslavia;
- railways serving mines, quarries and factories in Austria, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Ireland, Germany (East and West), Indonesia, Spain, Morocco and Turkey;
- sugar cane 'tramways' in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Java, Mozambique, the Philippines, and South Africa;
- agricultural and forestry lines in the Cameroon, France, Pakistan and Poland.
Steam motive power predominates, and locomotives illustrated include examples from Hunslet, North British, Peckett, Avonside, Barclay, Sentinel, Kerr Stuart, Fowler, Bagnall, Sharp Stewart, Hudswell Clarke, Henschel, Borsig, Orenstein and Koppel, Decauville, Alco, Baldwin ... more than 40 locomotives manufacturers in all! Prominently featured are the classic German "Feldbahn" and the Hunslet and Baldwin ex-WDLR 4-6-0T - all types built for war service but which lived on to power railways in peacetime in all corners of the globe.
Sadly, most of these scenes belong to the past, as the principal function of the 'two foot' gauge today (in Britain at any rate) is that of the 'pleasure' railway. But through the camera lens of Trevor Rowe and other noted photographers you can relive the unique role played by the 'two foot' gauge in transporting goods and passengers through the wildest terrain, and oiling the wheels of commerce and industry, in 34 countries around the world.
Hardback with dust jacket, 96 pages, 120 numbered black & white photographs
Condition: Good/Very Good with some sunfading to spine of dust jacket
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