A book cover may or may not tell a story - but the Footplate Padre’s 16 engine driver anecdotes books of railway stories do tell many stories
Driving Trains The Australian Way
Tales of the Footplate
Trains Driver’s Stories
Driving Trains – Revised
Tales of the Footplate – Revised
All Night Sitter
Ripping Good Railway Yarns
The Southern Aurora
From the Driver’s Seat
Grease Rag Yarns
Railway Yarns of Old
The covers of these books are a plethora of images of railway
operations. There are books with multiple photos, there are snow and fog scenes, trains in cuttings, photos from on top and behind, front on diesels and steam engines and others.
There are steam engines, diesels, rail motor express trains, wheels and motions, night scenes, early morning, full speed, struggling up a hill, on the flat.
They front cover photo scenes come from - Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and the stories are told by locomotive crews from across Australia including Western Australia and South Australia. These book covers are indeed a story in themselves.
The selection of these covers came from a wide cross section of purpose and reason. The Railway Drama cover came from a friend who was a railway enthusiast. It is a photo of a NSW diesel coming through the snow and fog.
The Steam Stories cover photo came from a man who loved locomotives who rejoiced in having his photo utilised as a steam, engine on a book cover.
Yes, in the main, they were photos given to me for these train book covers and this worked well – win win for both the books and the photographer.
Book cover photo selections are very important.
This is not dissimilar, says the Footplate Padre to preachers selecting story illustrations in their messages - the hearers get gripped by the story and this allows the preacher to hone in on a great Christian truth.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 25 books, and enjoys writing. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded ‘The Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/dr-mark-t.html