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Steam Railway (UK) - - Contents - BY CON­RAD NATZIO W: www.steam­train­sire­land.com/shop/ ISBN: 9781780731469

Valu­able record of a changing world. Pic­ture re­pro­duc­tion on rear cover.

Don’t be put off by the rather unin­spir­ing ti­tle – this book is a clas­sic. The au­thor was for­tu­nate enough to ar­rive from Eng­land at Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin, in 1958, and soon found an out­let for his rail­way in­ter­est. Steam on the GNR(I) main line to Belfast and fur­ther west was still ram­pant, along with many rem­nants of the CIÉ steam op­er­a­tion, plus the Ul­ster Trans­port Au­thor­ity. Hap­pily, Natzio was able to equip him­self with a van and a cam­era, tour­ing the coun­try record­ing scenes which were to van­ish in a few short years. The re­sult is a su­perb 160-page vol­ume of colour pho­to­graphs, all well re­pro­duced apart from, bizarrely, the one on the rear cover. The cap­tions are ex­cep­tion­ally well re­searched and skil­fully set the con­text for each pho­to­graph. Lit­tle had changed on the rail­ways of Ire­land for years, but a rev­o­lu­tion was in the off­ing, and we are for­tu­nate that Natzio was able to record the end of an era. Highly rec­om­mended.

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