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Twilight of Steam: Great Photography from the Last Days of Steam Locomotives in America (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. Juni 2014


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"The big volume (10x12 inches, 192 pages) is a black-and-white photographer's dream. Solomon introduces each chapter (arranged geographically) with recollections of the photographers themselves. Captions for each image are clear and precise, with a full index of photo thumbnails and more details on how, when and why the exposure was made.

Those of us who were chasing the last of steam at the time can certainly relate to what Solomon has assembled. Others less fortunate can relate nearly as well, thanks to the superb photographic reproduction and thoughtful text. No serious student of the industry can afford to be without it." - Railroad Week In Review

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Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.

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Revisiting a Colorful Past in Black & White 12. August 2014
Von Roy Blanchard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
You're a laddie of ten waiting on the platform at the Hartford, Conn. Station. It's early December 1948 and you're on your annual pilgrimage to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show with your parents and little brother. Your train is the New Haven Railroad Nathan Hale, the early morning accommodation with a string of the New Haven's ubiquitous 1938 Pullman Standard "American Flyer" coaches, a parlor car and, best of all, a grill car with sideways seating, hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows, and a train coloring book.

Here comes the train! Out of the short tunnel north of the station, around a short left-hand curve and passing not ten feet in front of you behind a USRA heavy Pacific. Unfortunately, these 1400s were gone in a few years, replaced by Alco DL109s and Fairbanks Morse C-liners as the great steam locos of my childhood headed into the twilight of their years, never to be experienced by today's ten year olds or their younger brothers.

Happily, Brian Solomon's newest book, The Twilight of Steam, a handsome coffee-table tome, serves two notable purposes. It lets me relive what I saw in steam, and it helps me show my kids and grand kids what went before the SD70MACS, Geep 38s, and Amtrak P42DC units that frequent the same rails today.

As a railroad practitioner who works mainly with short lines and regional railroads, I find it immensely helpful to know what worked in the past and how it relates to what works today. To be sure, the trains have changed, but where they go and what they do hasn't. The Twilight of Steam sets the scene for today's railroad renaissance, letting us geezers recall some favorite moments and at the same time letting today's fans and professionals learn from the past and carry the traditions forward.

For example, after you take your grandson to the Strasburg Railroad you can turn to page 132-133 in Solomon's book to show him what their 2-10-0 Number 90 looked like back in the day when it worked the sugar beet fields of Colorado. Or turn to page 23 to see a Pennsylvania K-4 on the present-day Amtrak stone arch bridge across Philadelphia's Schuylkill River. Not all looks back are pleasant, however. The Quebec Central 4-6-0 in the snow at Lac Megantic, Quebec in 1960 recalls a more placid time, before the unfortunate events of July, 2013.

The big volume (10x12 inches, 192 pages) is a black-and-white photographer's dream. Solomon introduces each chapter (arranged geographically) with recollections of the photographers themselves. Captions for each image are clear and precise, with a full index of photo thumbnails and more details on how, when and why the exposure was made.

Those of us who were chasing the last of steam at the time can certainly relate to what Solomon has assembled. Others less fortunate can relate nearly as well, thanks to the superb photographic reproduction and thoughtful text. No serious student of the industry can afford to be without it.
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The only thing I would like to have seen done differently was to place ALL ... 1. Dezember 2014
Von Robert L Davis Jr - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Superb photography. The only thing I would like to have seen done differently was to place ALL of the caption information next to the appropriate photos, rather than in the form of "thumbnails" in the back of the book. There was more than enough room to do this. Otherwise, a fine book at a very reasonable price.
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Photography of last days of steam 28. Juli 2014
Von THOMAS C. BIAGI - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Overview of something I lived thru. Wish I had taken photo's of all the steam I saw from the 40's
to what's left today.
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Four Stars 4. September 2014
Von Ben Francis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Another great book from Brian Solomon.
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Great photos and articles 6. November 2014
Von William Turner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Great photos and articles. I like the way the book is divided into regional sections. I consider this a worthwhile addition to my library.
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