'The Indian subcontinent is renowned for its railways. It has the world's third largest network and on any given day it carries more than 20 million people between 6,800 stations. A book dedicated to some of India's narrowest gauges called India's Disappearing Railways came to Saturday Extra's attention from listener Peter. Australian photojournalist Angus McDonald travelled on ten narrow-gauge lines, but sadly before his book was completed he died. His fiancee Catherine Anderson, who accompanied him on some of the journeys, edited his book.'
'The historic narrow-gauge railways of India and Burma have a poignant personal significance for Catherine Anderson. They were a great passion of her partner, the photographer Angus McDonald, and after he was diagnosed with cancer they took one final voyage together.'
'Catherine Anderson and her partner, photographer Angus McDonald, were returning from Myanmar when he died at the airport. Here, in an extract from her memoir, she tells the story of losing a loved one far from home.'
'Catherine Anderson and her late fiancé, Australian photo-journalist Angus McDonald, shared a profound love of Asia. This month a book of Angus’s work is published and an accompanying exhibition has its preview at Rheged. Here Catherine, who is Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart’s chief-of-staff, tells her own fascinating story to promote Angus’s work and a trust in his name.'