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Book on Zimbabwe railways released

A Scottish publisher, Stenlake Publishing Limited, has released a book that features dozens of old pictures of Zimbabwe’s railway heritage.


The cover of the pictorial book

The new book, Old Zimbabwe’s Railways and More compiled by Gordon Shepherd, is packed with photos and information.

“Although only 48 pages, there is a ridiculous number of illustrations and the book is packed with information, reflecting the author’s work and dedication to his subject yet keeping it at an affordable price,” said David Pettigrew from Stenlake Publishing.

“Complementing his similar book on Zambia’s railways, this collection starts ‘back in the day’ when these two countries formed Rhodesia, the chunk of Southern Africa purloined by Cecil Rhodes under the guise of Empire.

“Having dealt with seven years of pestilence and turbulence and subjugated the native population, Rhodes’ British South Africa Company set about building railways to exploit the natural resources.

“Using the collection of old photographs, postcards and ephemera he has amassed over many years, the author tells the story of the construction and subsequent development of Zimbabwe’s railways.”

The book is available on Amazon.

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