Archive for Items Categorized 'Trains', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Rails Around the World Two Centuries of Trains and Locomotives

by Brian Solomon

You’d be hard-pressed to encounter working steam locos next to record-breaking electric trains in real life so a book is the way to behold all that rich history. Just think: Solomon could have looked thousands of years back and found tracked transport.

The American Steam Locomotive in the Twentieth Century

by Tom Morrison

So, so big—and so, so inefficient. But the industrialized world could not have become what it did without these behemoths, so here is a behemoth of a book to tell their story.

The Golden Age of European Railways

by Brian Solomon

Whether looking at pretty pictures or thinking big thoughts about politics and economics, it won’t take any arm-twisting at all to spend hours and hours with this lavishly illustrated and nicely designed book!

Locomotive Portraits

by Jonathan Clay

For the first time in book form one of the UK’s best-known Transport Artists is showing his work, as well as explaining his method, to a wider audience.

The Victorian Steam Locomotive: Its Design and Development 1804–1879

by George Drysdale Dempsey

As exotic in its day as the Space Shuttle is now. And far more frightening to bystanders! In its day, 136 years ago, this book explained an utterly alien contraption to people who were more used to horses than iron machines.

The Race to the North

by David Wragg

It took 400 horses to go by coach from London to Scotland. And time. Steam power changed everything but, for a while, railroad companies played silly—and dangerous—games to get the traveling public on board.

Armoured Trains: An Illustrated Encyclopedia 1825–2016

by Paul Malmassari

From a battleship on rails to nimble if sometimes slapdash scout trolley, armored—and armed—trains have seen action much more recently than you might think. They have their limits but obviously they fulfill a role only they can do. This book gives you almost 200 years of examples.

Railways and Industry in the Western Valley: Newport to Aberbeeg

by John Hodge

Why would you care about the South Wales valleys? They were famous for coal mining, iron and steel, and tinplate works—and rail is how things moved around. How big this story is becomes clearer when you consider that this is only the first of four books on the subject.

England’s Historic Churches by Train

by Murray Naylor

If you like trains and ecclesiastic architecture, this book combines them. Thirty-two churches—large and small, famous and obscure, ancient and newer—and how to reach them are presented here.

British Steam – Pacific Power

by Keith Langston

You think checking the options list for your next car purchase is work? One of the big locomotive makers once had 500 models in their 1910 catalog! This book looks at the Big Guns, the sexy express haulers.

Railway Disasters

by Simon Fowler

This book looks at just some of the many hundreds of railway disasters, at their causes, at the price of progress, at human failings and, ultimately, at an improving safety record.

Chrysler: The Life and Times of an American Automotive Genius

by Vincent Curcio

From wiping down locomotives to running an automotive powerhouse, Walter P. in a quintessential American “be all that you can be” story did it all and did it well.