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African Railways

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This page contains books dealing with the railways of Africa.

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2-6-2 + 2-6-2 3 ft 6in Gauge Beyer-Garratt Locomotives for the Rhodesian Railways: Light-type general purpose locomotive for branch-line operations, Beyer Peacock, Locomotive Engineers, Manchester, 1954, pp8.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Reprinted from the Railway Gazette.  Details of eighteen Beyer-Garratt Locomotives built for work on the Rhodesia Railways.  16.50

4-6-4 + 4-6-4 3 ft 6in Gauge Beyer-Garratt Locomotives for the Rhodesian Railways: These 4-6-4 + 4-6-4 locomotives are required for 484-mile runs between depots, necessitating reliability and a high standard of performance, Beyer Peacock, Locomotive Engineers, Manchester, 1940, pp8.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Reprinted from the Railway Gazette.  Details Beyer-Garratt Locomotives built for passenger work on the Rhodesia Railways.  16.50

4-8-2 3 ft 6in Gauge Locomotives for the South African Railways (Class 15F), Beyer Peacock, Locomotive Engineers, Manchester, 1944, pp8.  Large Format Pb. VG.  Reprinted from the Railway Gazette with additional illustrations.  Details of thirty Beyer Peacock Locomotives built for South Africa.  12.50

4-8-4 + 4-8-4 Meter-Gauge Beyer-Garratt Locomotives for the Kenya & Uganda Railways, Beyer Peacock, Locomotive Engineers, Manchester, 1939, pp8.  Large Format Pb.  VG. Reprinted from the Railway Gazette.  Details of twelve Beyer-Garratts built for the Kenya and Uganda Railway just before the war.  "These engines are the first in the world to have this wheel arrangement and the largest 50-lb rail locomotives ever built."  16.50

Ballantyne, Hugh  South African Two-Foot Gauge: Featuring the Garratts, Middleton Press, 2009, pp96. Narrow Gauge Branch Lines Series.  Series editor: Vic Mitchell.  Glazed Boards.  VG.  With sections on: Weenen - Estcourt, Umlass Road - Mid Illovo, Umzinto - Donnybrook, Port Shepstone - Harding, Port Elizabeth - Avontuur and Patensie Branch, and Preservation. Most of the illustrations are in colour.  8.50

Croxton, Anthony H  Railways of Zimbabwe: The Story of the Beira, Mashonaland and Rhodesia Railways, D&C, 2nd edition 1982, pp315.  Additional material by Anthony H Baxter.  First published as Railways of Rhodesia in 1973.  Hb.  VG+ in a VG dust wrapper.  16.50

Day, John R  Railways of Southern Africa, Arthur Baker, 1963, pp143.  No dust wrapper.  Hb.  VG.  A well-illustrated history of the railway development in South Africa, the Rhodesias, Portuguese East Africa, Angola and the Congo.  3.95

Durrant A E, Jorgensen A A and Lewis C P  Steam on the Veld: Steam in South Africa during the 60s, IA, 1972, pp194.  Large Format Hb.  VG/VG.  A pictorial survey of South African steam in the late 60s, with details of all the current locomotive types.  24.50

Durrant A E, Lewis C P and Jorgensen A A  Steam in Africa, Hamlyn, 1981, pp207.  Large Format Hb.  VG-/Poor.  Rubbing to the edges of the covers, and although complete the dw has been heavily repaired.  A comprehensive survey of steam throughout the African continent, well-illustrated throughout in colour and black & white.  7.50

East African Railways & Harbours Annual Report 1956, pp64.  "Largish" format. Soft Cover.  Fair Wear to the edges of the covers and down the spine.  An Aberdeen Library reference copy with a numbered label at the top left corner of the cover and an embossed stamp on three pages.  The East African Railways & Harbours operated the railways in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika as well as the ports of Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Mtwara.  5.95

East African Railways & Harbours Annual Report 1959, pp64.  An Aberdeen Library reference copy with a numbered label at the top left corner of the cover and an embossed stamp on three pages.  "Largish" format.  Card Covers.  Fair.  Wear to the edges of the covers and down the spine.  The East African Railways & Harbours operated the railways in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika as well as the ports of Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Mtwara.  5.95

East African Railways & Harbours Annual Report 1964, pp71.  An Aberdeen Library reference copy with a numbered label at the top left corner of the cover and an embossed stamp on three pages.  "Largish" format.  Card Covers.  Fair+.  The cream covers are a little grubby with some marks on the front cover.  The East African Railways & Harbours operated the railways in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika as well as the ports of Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Mtwara.  5.95

Garratt, Colin  Steam Safari, Blandford, 1974, 48 colour plates plus pp100 of text.  Last Steam Locomotives of the World Series.  Small Format Hb.  VG/VG-.  Dw internally repaired at the head of the spine.  Locomotives from South Africa, Rhodesia, Kenya and Tanzania.  2.95

Haslbeck G and Wardale D  Steam on Four Continents Part.2 Africa, 1986, pp128.  Large landscape format.  Glazed Boards.  VG. Coloured illustrations from the Sudan, East African Railways, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and finally extended coverage of South Africa (p52-128).  Text and captions in both English and German.  16.50

Hamer E D  Steam Locomotives of Rhodesia Railways: The Story of Steam 1892-1979, Sweden: Frank Stenvalls Forlag, 1983, pp194.  The author's signature has been taped onto one of the preliminary pages.  The second edition, published in Sweden and printed in The Netherlands.  Hb.  VG/VG- with slight wear to the dw at the head of the spine & at the top front corner.  A comprehensive illustrated history of the locomotives used by the Rhodesia Railways and its predecessors up until the formation of the National Railways of Zimbabwe in 1980.  24.50

Hardy, Ronald  The Iron Snake, Collins, 1965, pp318 plus pp8 of illustrations.  Hb. VG/Fair.  The dw has been internally repaired along both edges where there is slight loss.  The story of the construction of the Uganda Railway from Mombasa to Lake Victoria.  10.50

Hardy, Ronald  The Iron Snake, Collins, 1965, pp318 plus pp8 of illustrations.  No dw.  Hb. VG.  The story of the construction of the Uganda Railway from Mombasa to Lake Victoria.  8.50

Lewis C P and Jorgensen A A  The Great Steam Trek, Hamlyn, 1978, pp248.  Large Format Hb.  VG in a VG- dust wrapper.  The dust wrapper has been internally repaired at the head of the spine.  A superb survey of South African steam.  Each line is briefly introduced followed by a selection of illustrations - mainly colour with some black & white.  6.95

Ramaer R  Steam Locomotives of the East African Railways, D&C, 1974, pp96.  Locomotive Studies Series.  Hb.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  A comprehensive history of the steam engines of British East Africa including the Beyer-Garratts.  10.50

Robbins, David  The Blue Train: A Guide to the world's most luxurious train, and the routes which it travels, Viking, 1993, pp118.  Photographs by Steve Corner.  Large landscape format.  Hb.  VG/VG-.  Some rubbing to the edges of the covers; two tears to the rear dw fold, the second leaving a small hole in the dw.  An illustrated history of South Africa's famous Blue Train.  12.50

Rodgers D C  South African Steam Today, IA, 1980, pp136.  Large Format Hb.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  The colour on the spine of the dust wrapper has faded.  A region-by-region tribute to South African steam, covering the period 1976-78 - mainly pictorial.  7.50

Siviter, Roger  Focus on South African Steam, D&C, 1981.  Hb.  VG+ in a VG dust wrapper.  A 29 page introduction followed by 98 illustrations.  South African steam in the late 1970s.  5.95

Smith A W and Bourne D E  Spirit of Steam: Locomotives in South Africa, Temple Press, 1983, pp139.  Large Format Hb.  VG/VG+.  Superficial rubbing to the edges of the covers.  An all-colour tribute to steam in South Africa.  8.50

South Africa - Last Stronghold of Steam, South African Railways, 1977, pp56.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Some wear to the covers at the bottom staple.  Details of steam locomotives still operating in South Africa.  2.95

South Africa - Last Stronghold of Steam, South African Railways, 1978, pp68.  Large Format Pb.  VG.  Slight loss of colour on the covers.  Illustrations of South African steam locomotives, with details of each class on the facing page.  3.95

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