Friday, December 15, 2006 at 11:47 am

John West: A Life Wasted Chasing Trains

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Brazil, 1977. Photo by John West John West has spent nearly five decades taking pictures of trains, and he’s posted a collection of them online. It’s a bit hard to navigate (the photos are actually spread over several discrete user pages), but there’s a lot of first-rate stuff here: recent photos of Chinese steam; Rio Grande narrow gauge in the 1960s; and narrow gauge around the world (Central and South America, South Africa, Switzerland). Steam is the focus, and a lot of strange-looking (to North American eyes) steam at that. Via El Dorado Western Railway.

Photo: VFCO Brazil, station at São João del Rei, 30-inch gauge, 1977.

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