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Steam Memories of Lindsay video trailer

May 20, 2023

After publishing Steam Echoes of Hamilton in autumn 2008, I had one more book left in me as part of my original hardcover Steam series. This would become Steam Memories of Lindsay.

This title was the last in my labour-intensive series for multiple reasons. Chiefly among them, I was burnt out after almost singlehandedly researching, writing, publishing and distributing nine 192-page hardcovers in only twelve years. Secondly, the available steam men had dwindled to a few at the end of their days. To recreate the 24-hour action in the narrative nonfiction format that characterizes all my books, it was essential to interview coherent oldtimers who had sharp memories. By 2010, this opportunity was all but gone.

Nonetheless, I had been gathering material for the western portion of the CNR's Belleville Division for a number of years, and I was well-positioned to create this farewell edition. We released Steam Memories of Lindsay at an April 2010 train show in Lindsay. Thereafter, I would retire from the field after what I assumed was a permanent decision (this was not meant to be, though!).

I invite you to watch this short video trailer for Steam Memories of Lindsay:

Introducing Steam Memories of Lindsay

Our video trailer (above) offers a teaser on the scope of Steam Memories of Lindsay.

Now, as a thank-you for having read this post, I offer you a chance to purchase Steam Memories of Lindsay 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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