The Great Book of TrainsBook - 1988
THE GREAT BOOK OF TRAINS BRIAN HOLLINGSWORTH AUTHUR COOK FOR ANYONE WHO HAS ever been drawn by the romance of railways, The Great Book of Trains provides under one cover a lavishly illustrated and technically detailed description of more than 300 of the world's most famous locomotives. Tracing the development of railpower around the world, The Great Book of Trains 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. It creates a comprehensive guide that 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 400 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; steam was gradually replaced by faster, more efficient ways of traction that revolutionized the way locomotives looked and worked. Beginning its coverage as far back as 1879, The Great Book of Trains describes a series of 150 electric and diesel locomotives, such as the remarkable TGV electric train from France, which today carries its passengers at speeds of up to 162mph. Including a number of modern hybrids, such as gas-turbine trainsets, this comprehensive volume goes on to review the development of modern railpower towards the 1990s and beyond. With entries covering a total of 310 locomotives, The Great Book of Trains boasts not only an exceptional text of great historical and technical value, but also a series of 160 beautifully drawn, unique color illustrations. To complement these superb views, the 500 photographs selected for The Great Book of Trains 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, The Great Book of Trains with all its detail and variety, will be a source of reference and entertainment for many years to come.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Salamander Books, c1988.
Characteristics: 413 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,31 cm.