Encyclopedia of railways

The technical development of steam diesel and electric locomotives and the way in which railways operate are covered in detail with specially commissioned full colour diagrams to ensure ready understanding by die lam rar The encyclopedia is a major reference work. The lives of the great pioneers-the Stephensons. George Pullman. André Chapelon and many others-are described in the biographies. Comprehensive tables give information including route lengths, gauges electrification and first lines, on the railways of the world.

The railways of France

Railway operations are carried on in the limelight, and ever since the first trains were hauled by “ fiery monsters ”, it has been exceptional to find people who have not taken considerable interest in those great undertakings — the railways.

The Lost Joy of Railways

Journey back to the 1950s and ’60s with this nostalgic look at Britain’s railways in their glory days. Packed with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs, journey logs, trainspotting notebooks and ephemera, The Lost Joy of Railways is a vivid recollection of the whole atmosphere of the railways during that glorious era when we were trainspotters.

Classic Steam Trains

The steam locomotive is an important part of our industrial heritage. By the end of the nineteenth century railroads were the principal means of communication and land transportation worldwide, and they became synonymous with progress and economic development.
Nostalgically, the steam locomotive is often viewed as a marriage of art and technology, and surely, no other machine has been the subject of or featured in so much literature, nor so many songs, paintings, films and photographs.

British Steam: The Classic Years

For excitement and romance, the sight of a steam train in full flight takes some beating. British steam trains have a special place in our hearts, and this book catalogues the rise and fall of these magnificent machines in gripping detail. The battle to conquer the north, the speed race to the west, the quest for comfort and elegance, are part of the vibrant, fascinating story of the steam train in Britain. The author explains the problems of each new frontier - geographical, technical or social – and the intense rivalry between the rail companies.

Victorian & Edwardian Railways from old photographs

From the thousands of old railway photographs which he has examined Jeoffry Spence has selected those of social and human rather than purely technical interest. As well as sections on Locomotives, Rolling Stock, Staff and Uniforms and Track Construction, there are chapters on the Services which grew up to cater for the newly-mobile and on the Excursions made possible by the spread of the railways -from a visit to Doncaster Races by Edward VII on a Royal train to one of the first ‘football specials’ at Park Royal in 1908.

French Steam

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