This is the comprehensive guide to the history, design, and impact of rail travel around the world. Easy to read and accompanied by graphics and maps, the book journeys from Malta, where the railroad’s ancestry can be traced to 4,000-year-old limestone cart tracks, to modern-day Japan, where Shinkansen bullet trains reach speeds of almost 200 mph. In between, the text describes how railroads affected commerce, war and tourism, explains the evolution from steam to diesel power, and uses stunning illustrations to show everything from how a locomotive rounds a turn to the lavish dining car of the Orient Express. A glossary forms the book’s caboose. 400 pages. 9 1/2" L x 6 1/2" W x 1 1/3" D. (2 lbs.)
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