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Steam Echoes of Hamilton video trailer

May 17, 2023

By the time I published Steam Echoes of Hamilton in November 2008, the project had been put off for almost six years! The territory was originally planned for a book covering the entire London Division (Southern Ontario District) of the Canadian National Railways. When I undertook that project in late 2001, I cleaved off the London area, which materialized as Steam Through London in February 2003. Similarly, the Niagara Peninsula area (centering on Niagara Falls and Fort Erie) manifested as Steam to the Niagara Frontier in September 2004.

I actually began working on Steam Echoes of Hamilton immediately after the Niagara book was in print, only to divert myself to Steam in Northern Ontario (an October 2006 release). A Steam at Allandale reprint followed in early 2007, then Steam Scenes of Allandale in August 2007. Then, finally, I resumed researching and writing Steam Echoes of Hamilton.

What became apparent concerning the subject of this video trailer is that the Hamilton-area branchline activity was my favourite aspect of the operations from that terminal. That's not to say that Steam Echoes of Hamilton does not cover around-the-clock operations at the CNR's main yard, station and industrial spurs in the city.

But, more than any of my books, this one has a split personality between grungy, sweaty industrial switching and freight activity and (by contrast) the tranquil branchlines south of Hamilton to Calendonia, Hagersville, Simcoe, Port Dover and Port Rowan.

I invite you to watch this short video trailer, which provides an overview for Steam Echoes of Hamilton:

Introducing Steam Echoes of Hamilton

Our video trailer (above) offers a teaser on the scope of Steam Echoes of Hamilton.

Now, as a thank-you for having read this post, I offer you a chance to purchase Steam Echoes of Hamilton at the original all-inclusive pre-publication price of $69.95 CAD to Canada or $69.95 USD to the United States or overseas (a savings of at least 20% in each case). Click here to request that I send you a custom PayPal invoice at the special price. Alternatively, Canadian readers may remit funds by e-transfer to for the special price.

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