Japanese Steam in the 1970s (Amberley)

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Though the famous bullet train launched in 1964, many steam engines were still operational in Japan before withdrawal in 1975. These wonders of narrow gauge railway engineering have often gone unappreciated in Western countries.

Japan’s distinctive four seasons offer the perfect backdrop for the rail photographer and allowed Yoshi Hashida to capture steam engines working against a variety of gorgeous backdrops and stunning settings, including mountain scenes and coastal views.

This book showcases some of his best shots of steam engines hard at work from 1971 to 1975, focused mainly on Western Japan. Photographs are presented in two-per-page format with detailed captions accompanying each photograph. 96 pages.

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