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Non-Fiction - Transportation~Rhodesia / Zimbabwe~~~4649~4650~Transport (Rhodesia/Zimbabwe)%3CBR%3E%3CBR%3ECovering the Rhodesian Railways, and Rhodesia%27s steam diesel locomotives, early pioneer ox wagon transportation, early road railway and bridge construction. Includes the popular titles%3A The Chronicles of a Contractor - G Pauling, Steam Locomotives of Rhodesia Railways; The story of Steam 1892-1979 - ED Hamer, The Cape to Cairo Railway & River Routes - George Tabor.~
Bush Horizons: The Story of Aviation in Southern Rhodesia, 1896-1940 - Squadron Leader N. V Phillips~This is the story of Aviation in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) from 1896 to 1940. It begins with the construction, during the Matabele Rebellion, of a hot-air balloon in Bulawayo made specifically to look out for the Impis. It recounts the arrival and subsequent demise of the first aircraft to land in this country in 1920. It tells of the aeroplanes and the characters that flew them, their hardships and ordeals, their successes and failures, and their innumerable crashes. It tells of the spirit of the airmen and their mechanics, the esteem in which they and their deeds were held, and of the atmosphere that prevailed at the time. It details the pioneering flights down the length of Africa, the inauguration of the commercial airlines, and the birth of one of the world's smallest but finest Air Forces. The story is also filled with humour that is peculiar to airmen. It ends with the young men of Rhodesia volunteering to go off to War.
1998. Softback, 203 pages, over 150 photos and illustrations. - Out of Print.~~Bush Horizons|ISBN-13 9780797418455|~4649~11957~~
Locomotives of Zimbabwe and Botswana - Rev ED Hamer~This carefully researched book follows the development of the locomotive stock from the early days through to today. Included is much previously unpublished material and the full story of the Beyer-Garratt engines from their introduction to withdrawal. A listing of all locomotives, both steam and diesel, plus allocations at five different dates from 1914 to 1990 are included.
ISBN-13 9789172661523 Map. 23 dimensioned line drawings. 291 black/white and 46 colour photos. 224 pages. Hardback~~Locomotives of Zimbabwe and Botswana|ISBN-13 9789172661523|~4649~11638~~
Rhodesia: Aviation Scrapbook 1970-1974 - Robin DW Norton~Air technician & pilot Robin DW Norton took thousands of photographs during his time whilst based at New Sarum, Rhodesia during 1970-74. The A4 sized 'scrapbook' is in the format of detailed captions accompanying the photos. The photos have been placed into sections, with the Rhodesian Air Force pages being grouped into Squadrons and the civil aviation pages into Air Rhodesia, Air Trans Africa, etc. Photos includes of all the Rhodesian Air Force aircraft, English Electric Canberra, Hawker Hunter FGA9, De Havilland Vampire T 11, Douglas C47 Dakota, Sud Aviation Alouette 111, Aermacchi AI60 Trojan as well as all the aircraft operated by Jack Malloch's Air Trans Africa and associated companies, Douglas DC7, Douglas DC8, Super Constellation, Air Rhodesia aircraft at the time comprised Douglas DC3 and C47, Vickers Viscount and latterly, Boeing 720. The excellent never-released-before quality photos along with the informative captions will be of great interest to all with an interest in Rhodesia's aviation during that time including historians and model makers.
Softcovered, A4. No. Pages - TBA
Planned release date: TBA
ITEM CODE: RAS70-74~Air technician & pilot Robin DW Norton took thousands of photographs during his time whilst based at New Sarum, Rhodesia during 1970-74. The A4 sized 'scrapbook' is in the format of detailed captions accompanying the photos. The photos have been placed into sections, with the Rhodesian Air Force pages being grouped into Squadrons and the civil aviation pages into Air Rhodesia, Air Trans Africa, etc. Photos includes of all the Rhodesian Air Force aircraft, English Electric Canberra, Hawker Hunter FGA9, De Havilland Vampire T 11, Douglas C47 Dakota, Sud Aviation Alouette 111, Aermacchi AI60 Trojan as well as all the aircraft operated by Jack Malloch's Air Trans Africa and associated companies, Douglas DC7, Douglas DC8, Super Constellation, Air Rhodesia aircraft at the time comprised Douglas DC3 and C47, Vickers Viscount and latterly, Boeing 720. The excellent never-released-before quality photos along with the informative captions will be of great interest to all with an interest in Rhodesia's aviation during that time including historians and model makers.
Softcovered, A4. No. Pages - TBA
Planned release date: TBA
ITEM CODE - RAS70-74

Below is an sample page to give you an idea.~~4649~12945~~
Sitimela. A History of the Zambesi Saw Mills Logging Railway 1911-1972 - Geof M Calvert~Based in Livingstone, Zambia (Northern Rhodesia), overlooking the Victoria Falls in its heyday in the late 1950’s/early ‘60’s, the Zambesi Saw Mills’ industrial logging line laid claim to the longest privately owned railway in the world. Sperseding ox-waggons, river barges and a 2-foot wooden tramway to convey logs and sleepers from forest to mill to market, the standard Southern African 3’6” “Cape” gauge line was built from 1924, ultimately reaching about 175 route miles (280 km) of “main line” and about 25 miles (40 km) of temporary timber extraction trackage, accumulating 18 “vintage” steam locomotives and abour 180 items of rolling stock with which to operate. Since 1961, the author, a professional forester-cum-ecologist and (inter alia!) railway enthusiast, has collected photographs, maps, references, sketches and contemporary personal records to present a comprehensive picture of the ZSM line “as it was” from inception to closure in 1972. The 101 mile (162 km) former main line north-west from Livingstone to Mulobezi still provides a Public Service today with displays of artifacts by Zambia Heritage at both sites. An evocative reminder of part of Zambia’s Industrial Heritage
100 pages 18x23 cm, many photos and line drawings, sb.~~Sitimela|8974|~4649~11732~~
The Cape to Cairo Railway & River Routes - George Tabor~A century ago, the Cape to Cairo Railway was the unfinished dream of Cecil Rhodes to link the Cape of Good Hope with the Mediterranean through the wilds of equatorial Africa. Yet the idea that you could get into a carriage at Cape Town and get out at Cairo was not so far-fetched. Today, only a few hundred miles separate the `ends of steel' through two of the most troubled countries on the continent.
This well illustrated book revives the compelling story, against the intrigues of power politics and private ambitions in the `Scramble for Africa'. It was the boldest scheme of its day, exceeding in scale and imagination the two other great trans-continental railways - the Canadian Pacific and the Trans Siberian.
ISBN 0-95448447-0-3. 328 pages, numerous b/w photos, maps & illustrations.~Genta Publications, 2003
328 pages, numerous b/w photos, maps & illustrations.
ISBN 0-9544847-0-3
A century ago, the Cape to Cairo Railway was the unfinished dream of Cecil Rhodes to link the Cape of Good Hope with the Mediterranean through the wilds of equatorial Africa. Yet the idea that you could get into a carriage at Cape Town and get out at Cairo, was not so far fetched.

Today, only a few hundred miles separate the `ends of steel' through two of the most troubled countries on the continent.

This well illustrated book revives the compelling story, against the intrigues of power politics and private ambitions in the `Scramble for Africa'. It was the boldest scheme of its day, exceeding in scale and imagination the two other great trans-continental railways - the Canadian Pacific and the Trans Siberian.

From Egypt down to the Sudan, Kitchener laid rails alongside the Nile to defeat the Mahdi. From the Cape of Good Hope, Rhodes reached up to prevent the Germans and the Portuguese from traversing Africa between their territories. The `Lunatic Line' hastened the defeat of Arab slavers. The Beira and Benguela railways opened out the Portuguese Colonies to the sea. Even in Zanzibar a tiny railway was laid down the coast for the Sultan.

Over 80 per cent of the railways in Africa were built by the British. Behind Rhodes and Kitchener was an army of Engineers, Bridgebuilders, Surveyors, Gangers, Platelayers and Navvies. For Railways were built by men, not by machines. As the pioneer lines passed through lion and fever country , characters abounded. There were Cannibals, dusky Maidens, Ivory poachers, Gold diggers and Remittence men, followed by a bevy of Princesses and itinerant Aristocrats, along with the infamous `Irish Brigade'.

This is the saga of conquest and determination by those who forged the 'Iron Spine and Ribs of Africa'. It is also the story of the great hotels that grew up alongside. like the Mount Nelson in Cape Town, the Victoria Falls Hotel, the Norfolk in Nairobi, the Grand in Khartoum, and Shepheard's in Cairo.~The Cape to Cairo Railway & River Routes|ISBN 09544844703|~4649~4674~The Cape to Cairo Railway & River Routes - George Tabor~
The Chronicles of a Contractor - G Pauling~(Facsimile reprint, 1969)
AN OUTSTANDING autobiography by a colourful and dynamic late-Victorian engineer who won international repute for his accomplishments, not least of which was the building of many of southern Africa's major railway links. Big George Pauling came to South Africa from Britain at the age of 20, founded Pauling & Co. in 1877 with his brother, and completed his first construction job in 1881 - the 65-mile Port Alfred Railway. Thereafter, contracts came thick and fast: Sterkstroom to Aliwal North, Orange River to Kimberley, Springs to Krugersdorp, Johannesburg to Pretoria and, the most herculean project of all, the first stage of the line between Beira, on the Mocambique coast, to Umtali in the highlands of eastern Rhodesia. On this undertaking he lost 60 per cent of his labour force in each of the first three years through malaria, blackwater fever and the depredations of marauding animals. Meanwhile the company had broadened its scope of activity to include railway construction in the Middle East, public works, dam, harbour and bridge building in Greece, Angola, China, the Argentine and India. Cecil Rhodes commissioned Pauling to complete the first stage of his ambitious Cape-to-Cairo line. Only 800 copies of the original The Chronicles of a Contractor are believed to have been published, for private circulation, in 1926.~~The Chronicles of a Contractor|C ISBN 0869202766|~4649~4682~The Cape to Cairo Railway & River Routes - George Tabor~
The Old Transport Road - SP Hyatt~(Facsimile reprint, 1969)
A pungent, perceptive and highly entertaining account of trek-oxen, wagons and the ways of the transport rider before the railways began to open up Central Africa. Stanley Portal Hyatt came to Africa to seek his fortune during the 1890s, drove supply wagons through the virgin veld for some ten years of unremitting toil and was rewarded, eventually, with little more than fond memories, financial ruin and ill-health. Hyatt writes fluently and knowledgeably about life on "The Road", about the unspoilt and sometimes savagely inhospitable countryside of early Rhodesia, about the skills and courage needed to get the wagons through. He writes lovingly of his fellow-riders, and of his animals. For contemporary society, and for commercially inspired "progress", however, he has nothing but bitter contempt. The Old Transport Road is an informative and absorbing book. It is also a tribute to those who braved the trackless wilderness by ox-wagon - men who can legitimately be compared to the 19th century pioneers of modern America. It is complementary to George Pauling's The Chronicles of a Contractor, which deals with another aspect of transport development in Rhodesia - the coming of the railways.~~The Old Transport Road|C ISBN 0869202731|~4649~4683~The Old Transport Road - SP Hyatt~
The Two Foot Gauge Enigma - Antony Baxter~The Beira Railway, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1998, was one of the most ambitious 2ft gauge railways in Africa. At its fullest extent it connected the port of Beira, on the Indian Ocean, with Umtali, Rhodesia, and provided the British colony with a lifeline to the sea. The rapid development of Southern Africa soon overwhelmed the capacity of the 2ft gauge, and in 1900 the line was relaid to the 'Cape' gauge of 3ft 6in. The 2ft gauge locomotives were scrapped or dispersed to other public railways or plantations in Africa. At least 7 are preserved. Tony Baxter has researched the full story of the Beira Railway, having obtained unrivalled access to 'official' archives and amassed numerous, previously unpublished, photographs of the line in its 2ft gauge days.
Softback, 235mm x 175mm, 72 pages, 48 photographs, 1 map, 4 scale drawings.~~The Two Foot Gauge Enigma|8975|~4649~11733~~
They Served Africa with Wings - WGM Stirling & JA House~About 15 years ago, Mitch Stirling with over 30 years professional flying experience, and John House, started collecting photographs and stories about aviation in the old days in Central Africa. The end result is a excellent book dedicated to all those fine men and women who served, so well, the cause of aviation in Central Africa between 1920 and 1980. Sections covers:- Rhodesian & Nysaland Airways, Central African Airways, Nysaland to Air Malawi, Northern Rhodesia to Zambia Airways, Air Rhodesia and Affretair.
Size - Slightly larger than A4, 277 pages, over 400 black & white photos, maps, illustrations.
STATUS: Out of Print - very few copies remain.

NOTE: 04/08/11. Currently out of stock - remaining copies will be obtained, hopefully, in about 3-4 weeks time.~About 15 years ago, Mitch Stirling with over 30 professional years flying experience, and John House, started collecting photographs and stories about aviation in the old days in Central Africa - Northern Rhodesia / Zambia; Southern Rhodesia / Zimbabwe and Nyasaland / Malawi . The end result is a excellent evocative and well researched & illustrated publication, dedicated to all those fine men and women who served, so well, the cause of aviation between 1920 and 1980.

Size - Slightly larger than A4, 277 pages, over 400 black & white photos, maps, illustrations.~They Served Africa with Wings|ISBN 9990891800|~4649~10968~They Served Africa with Wings - WGM Stirling & JA House, rhodesian aviation flying~
Thundering Smoke - RG Pattison~This A4 book of 244 pages is well illustrated with 184 Black and white photographs, diagrams and maps. It is a superb creation of historical facts compiled by a dedicated Rail enthusiast, George Pattison. He has done exceptional work in preparing this detailed and accurate record of a well established central africa colonial show piece - the regional rail network of Rhodesia / Zimbabwe, overlapping into Bechuanaland (Botswana), Portuguese East Africa (Mozambique) and South Africa. It has been published in his honour on the first anniversary of his death, by friends and family.

ISBN 0-9549488-1-5, Soft cover / Hard cover, A4 sized. 244 pages, b/w photos~Stable Publishing House, 2006
ISBN 0-9549488-1-5
A4, soft cover in colour, 240 pages, 184 b/w photos, colour photos on cover only, 2 maps, steam and diesel spec. tables, mileage tables for most locomotive classes

Review - John Batwell

The book was written with real passion - the passion for one of Southern Africa's great railways, that of Rhodesia and subsequently Zimbabwe. This is just so evident from the author, now late, who has been most affectionately called "a bevearing historian" by a fellow writer. George Pattison wrote with such enthusiasm about railways, which he began experiencing in this part of the world as a traveling schoolboy. He commuted by train between Rhodesia and Grahamstown in South Africa's Eastern Cape sixty years back. As an adventurous singleton, George's love of railways took him all the way to East Africa. He loved the trains then and wrote reflectively about his youthful love. On the subject of love, George met the love of his life - a friendship and companionship that spanned thirty-nine years - on a train, his late, dear wife Geraldine. Not too surprising then that Thundering Smoke should be dedicated to Geraldine and their three offspring, Susan, Richard and Gillian.

Thundering Smoke is the culmination of over twenty years of research and studious pen-pushing documentation. Yes, it does cover the wealth of locomotives that were instrumental in the development of the country's rail system from 1892, but its distinct uniqueness lies in the passion and enthusiasm of writing about the locomotives - from footplate or cab experiences - to the men who ordered certain types and those who drove them with a tremendous likeness or dislike. Pattison cultivated friendships with many of the men on the system and as a result gleaned much about the nuances of individual locomotive types. Unlike any other author, Pattison resided in Rhodesia-cum-Zimbabwe most of his life with his finger on the pulse of every development in the country - widespread dieselisation, the appearance of South African steam and diesel locomotives on the system, the intriguing economic sanctions' era with its below-the-counter motive power acquisitions, the large-scale refurbishment of steam and diesel locomotives, the emergence of Zimbabwe Railways and the post-independence innovation of electrification.

Pattison spent hours and hours in the NRZ Headquarters' building researching the operational history files of individual locomotives in particular classes and the mileage contribution of these locos - steam, diesel, electric - have all been documented. George Pattison unashamedly credits locomotive types which were real stunners in their contribution to the Rhodesia Railways and latterly National Railways of Zimbabwe. The North British 12th Class, Beyer Peacock 15th Class, the English Electric DE 2 and the General Electric DE 6 classes all come to mind in the accolades.

The personal accounts and anecdotes which appear in the book make it different. George, who was a school teacher and then a principal in several government schools, recalls taking his soccer boys for a practice in Marandellas (east of then Salisbury) one afternoon and everything coming to a standstill as the horn and growl of an unknown source of motive power permeated the air. It turned out to be the first of Rhodesia Railways DE 2 Class diesel units from the English Electric company back in 1955. Everyone watched it go past the school boundary.

Pattison provides early in the publication a most useful preamble concerning the construction of the system, the terrain, the track, the weather, operating aspects, trains' working, depots and crew working and the chief mechanical engineers and their individual contribution to motive power choice and development. This publication is not just for locomotive aficionados - it's a commentary on the social and economic fabric of a vibrant young country down near the bottom of "the stretch of Africa".

The text is complemented by black and white photographs and tables of data. The cover is illustrated in colour. The publishing of the book in the United Kingdom was undertaken enthusiastically by Sable Publishing House, owned by Mr Tony Morkel, a former pupil of the late author! . Thundering Smoke is a superb addition to one's railway shelves and a tribute to one of the most prolific researchers of the railways in the old colonial African sub-continent. George Pattison's untimely death was in March 2005.~Select edition||Thundering Smoke (Soft Cover)|ISBN 0954948815 SC|Thundering Smoke (Hard Cover)|ISBN 0954948815|~4649~11177~rhodesia zimbabwe railways~
Tracks across the Veldt: Illustrated Memoirs Of A Rhodesia Railwayman 1950 - 76 - Sam Wright~The author moved from working on the railway in London to become a railwayman on the Rhodesian Railways in 1950 and this is a compelling account of his experiences over twenty-six years. As well as his railway life, during the time when steam locomotives were the main motive power, the culture and people of Southern Rhodesia, as it was then, play an important part in the story.
ISBN-13 9781903953785. March 2005. Softback. Map, 37 b/w photos. 192 pages.~




Serving in the Royal Air Force during World War 2 as a Beaufighter navigator had given him a taste of combat flying and serving postwar as Navigating Officer with BOAC on hastily-converted wartime bombers had taken him to South Africa and the Far East, thereby satisfying his longing to visit ‘far away places’, but Sam’s family commitments demanded stability, so in 1948 he joined British Railways as a Control Clerk at St Pancras station in London.

But he soon became depressed by the gloom of post-war England and found it hard to settle to a humdrum life after the excitement of his experiences as an aviator. Then one day he noticed a newspaper advert announcing that Rhodesia Railways were looking for staff – to which he immediately responded. It was to lead to 26 years of adventure in one of the most wondrous parts of the world.

From dull and dreary Britain Sam and his family moved to what they considered a veritable Garden of Eden, with delightful indigenous people and wonderful scenery; the High Veldt, where the air is crisp and pure and the Low Veldt with its bountiful crops and remarkable wild animals.

Starting off at small wayside railway stations in the bush, none with little more than basic amenities, Sam soon became a Station Master and relished the job of controlling the trains over the mostly single-line system. All the locomotives were steam-powered and he vividly describes the pleasure and excitement of handling these snorting monsters of the track, some weighing 250 tons.

Southern Rhodesia, as it was then, was a country of some four million indigenous peoples and about 250,000 Europeans and in the course of Sam’s narrative much reference is made to the way of life in all sectors of the population – sadly just a distant memory in modern-day Zimbabwe.

Above all Sam remembers it as a time of harmony between peoples, when zest for living was tangible in the air and he enjoyed the exhilaration of participating in the adventure of improving living standards for all, an enterprise in which Rhodesia Railways played a major role.~Tracks across the Veldt|ISBN-13 9781903953785|~4649~11637~Rhodesian Railways locomotives~
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