Books for Collectors
Volunteer trainman captures the mystique of a "magic carpet made of steel"

by Leigh Elmore

Rail fans should enjoy the new release from Schiffer Publishing, Smoke Over Steamtown by Dennis A. Livesey featuring an absorbing, behind-the-scenes look at locomotive history and the people who make it their passion.  


Through Dennis A. Livesey's camera lens, readers will experience the thrill of the steam railroad, a transportation system that dominated the United States for more than 100 years and helped build a nation.

In 131 photographs of Steamtown—a heritage railroad—see the billowing smoke and the flashing steel rods that turn enormous spoked wheels, hear the scream of the whistle, and listen as veteran railroaders share their stories and wisdom. Find out what it means to be in charge of the handbrake on a 400-passenger train as it begins a downhill descent.

This book goes beyond train hardware and history, sharing stories so that those outside the rail-fan community can appreciate the importance of preserving this part of our history.

About the author

Dennis A. Livesey has loved railroads since age three, when he saw a New Haven train in Mamaroneck, NY. A graduate of New York University Film School, he spent the first part of his career as an assistant cinematographer for top talents on award-winning TV shows and features, and later returned to his first love: train photography. His photographs have been published in national calendars, on magazine covers, and in feature articles in Trains and Railfan & Railroad magazines.

Size: 12″x9″, 131 color and b/w images and illustrations, ISBN13: 9780764351273, hard cover, 144 pp, $34.99.

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher located in Atglen, PA.


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