Readers of this blog will know I am a diesel fan, not a steam fan. I don't go on long trips to see an operating steam locomotive. In fact, I've only seen two operating steam locomotives in my life - a steam locomotive at Calgary's Heritage Park, and Winnipeg's own Prairie Dog Central #3.
I borrowed Canadian Steam! from the local library because I wanted to see if it had any local (Prairie) scenes in it. I had never read the book before.
The book is edited by the late David P. Morgan, editor of Trains magazine from 1953 to1987 and a lover of steam engines. If you've ever read any of Mr. Morgan's writing, you will know how this book is written. David had a breathless, adjective-filled way of writing that was distinctive and entertaining to read. His style has been emulated to varying degrees of success by later writers such as Greg McDonnell.
Technically I would say that some of the photographs are great, many are fair to decent, and some are of poor quality. Keep in mind that this book was written in 1961.
There is quite a variety of locations and engines represented, and Mr. Morgan stated in the foreword that there was no effort made to represent all classes and all locations. Even so, I think he did a good job of capturing the flavour of Canadian steam operations.
Personally, as someone who definitely prefers diesel engines, I give it a "meh". If you like steam engines, I suspect you will like this book. Check it out: Canadian Steam!