Add a snorting, snarling steam engine into the equation and you have the most romantic poetry in motion.
Taking advantage of the inspired re-introduction of steam traction to these lines on a more - or often less - regular basis, this book captures some of this magic.
The regular summer run from Fort William to Mallaig forms the first section of the book, following the progress of a number of different restored steam engines on many different dates over the past quarter century on the journey out from Fort William to Mallaig and back again.
The second section covers the longer run from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and back again - a far less regular, but nonetheless welcome affair.
The third section records a number of steam excursions to other far flung Highland destinations where the roar of steam is today very rarely heard.
Large format paperback, 160 pages, all in full colour, just £9.99. ISBN 978 0905 489 902
Publication: March 31, 2010.