This book is in very good condition. There is slight wear to the edges of the dust jacket, but it is otherwise clean and intact. Internally, a message has been written on the first page. Otherwise, the pages are clean, bright and without foxing, filled with photographs and text.
Three photographers, who have visited China 35 times over a ten-year period, create what will likely be the worlds final photographic essay of the steam engine era. Nostalgic and evocative, these images capture a special moment in history. China was the last country to build steam locomotives…and the last to stop using them. For years, authorities planned to eradicate steam by the 2008 Olympics; they have now practically achieved this goal. Scenes such as those shown in these pages will be no more. The remarkable array of photos includes sheds, workshops, and steelworks; trains, stations, and ticket booths; narrow-gauge railways in Beijing and the northeast; and every region from Tonghua and Hunjiang to Pingdingshan. Most impressive of all: the JiTong Railway, the greatest steam show on earth.