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The Twilight of Steam Reviewed in Classic TRAINS

Jpeg of the Classic Trains review.
Jpeg of the Classic Trains review.

Rob McGonigal has reviewed my book The Twilight of Steam in his magazine Classic Trains. He gives special kudos to John E. Pickett’s excellent photography, while mentioning many of the contributing photographers including George C. Corey, John Gruber, Jim Shaughnessy, Ron Wright, and my late friend Robert A. Buck.

If you haven’t seen the book, check it out! I think it is my finest effort to date. All black & white and superbly reproduced. I’d examined thousands of period black & white photos and selected a choice few for inclusion. Not to be overlooked are the skilled efforts of Fred Matthews, Gordon Roth, Bill Vigrass, and Phil Weibler, who were all in the enviable position of being there when steam worked the rails.

One of the premises for the book is that the majority of the photographs were made when steam was still in regular revenue service. While there’s a few views of special trips, all the photos were made in the steam era. I’ve let a few diesels in too, albeit often off in the distance.

It’s available from Voyageur Press.

Thanks for the great review Rob!


Brian Solomon’s The Twilight of Steam on Sale Now!

A Celebration of Steam from the Steam Era.


Russell Buck, son of late photographer Robert A. Buck, holds a preview copy of Brian Solomon’s The Twilight of Steam. This book features photography and stories from some of the great steam photographers.

The book can be viewed at Palmer Hobbies on 1428 Main Street in Palmer, Massachusetts. Phone: 413-436-5318. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

The Twilight of Steam is available from Voyageur Press. Click here for details.

'Some of dad's photos'—Russell Buck.
‘Some of dad’s photos’—Russell Buck.

I’ll be revealing more about the book over the next few days! Stay tuned.

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