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The Great Book of Trains
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The Great Book of Trains (Hardback)

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For anyone who has ever been drawn by the romance of railways, The Great Book of Trains provides a lavishly illustrated and technically detailed description of more than 300 of the world's most famous locomotives. Tracing the development of rail power around the world, it begins its journey in that evocative age when steam was king. Fully described and laden with fascinating facts and anecdotes, the entries list a host of passenger steam locomotives that powered the world's first great railway boom. This comprehensive guide begins with the early pioneers of the 1830s, such as Stephenson's Northumbrian and Jarvis' Brother Jonathan, and carries on to include the twentieth-century giants, such as Union Pacific's enormous Challenger class locomotive, which raced its 40 tons across the wide expanse of the United States during the 1940s. The Challenger, however, was to be the highpoint for steam locomotion. After 150 years the story of railpower moved on; more efficient ways of traction revolutionised the way locomotives looked and worked.

Beginning as far back as 1879, a series of 150 electric and diesel locomotives are described, such as the remarkable TGV electric train from France, which today carries its passengers at speeds of up to 162mph. It also includes a number of modern hybrids, such as gas-turbine trainsets, and reviews the development of modern railpower. With entries covering a total of 310 locomotives this book boasts not only an exceptional text of great historical and technical value, but also a series of 160 beautifully drawn, unique colour illustrations. To complement these superb views, the 500 photographs selected include some of the rarest and most dramatic available. Whether you are an avid enthusiast of steam locomotives, or a keen observer of modern railways, this book, with all its detail and variety, will be a source of reference and entertainment for many years to come.

Reference & ResearchEncyclopaedias & reference worksReference worksTransportTrains & railways: general interest Publisher: Pavilion Books Publication Date: 10/12/2002 ISBN-13: 9781840654905  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Brain Hollingsworth, M.A., M.I.C.E., after qualifying in engineering at Cambridge University he joined Great Western Railway in 1946 as a civil engineer. He later joined British Rail and got heavily involved with BR's TOPS wagon and train control system. In 1974 he left to take up writing and has published 11 major books on various aspects of railways and locomotives including Salamander's The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World's Steam Passenger Locomotives. He is also director of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and civil engineering adviser to the Festiniog Railway. Arthur F. Cook, M.A., M.I. Mech. E. also read engineering at Cambridge University. He ten went on to teach at Southampton University, was Principal of the Macclesfield Technical College and was Administrator at the County Education Headquarters at Chester. Since retiring from British Rail after many years of service, he has written many technical articles on trains and railway systems, particularly modern rail power and contributed to Salamander's The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World's Steam Passenger Locomotives.

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