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This book covers: the golden age of steam locomotives; the landmark engines; the railway pioneers; and the great train journeys. It is a comprehensive history and development of the train, from the great steam engines of the 1830s to the electronic speed trains of the present day. It contains accounts of 95 of the world's most legendary railway journeys, including departure points and destinations such as Boston, Venice, Pretoria, the Khyber Pass, Darjeeling, Fuji, Sydney, Edinburgh and many more. It features over 1500 stunning photographs of locomotives in action around the world. Since the birth of the railroads in the early Industrial Age, people everywhere have been fascinated by the locomotive as a powerful symbol of advanced techlogy and an exciting means of transport. From the early beginnings of steam power to today's awe-inspiring high-speed passenger trains, this book spans nearly two centuries of locomotive and railway development, and it also documents 95 outstanding railway journeys around the globe. Written by world experts in the field, and illustrated with over 1500 photographs, the book celebrates the world's most remarkable locomotive engines and railways, and will inspire every rail enthusiast.
Colin Garrett is a world-renowned authority and author on locomotives, and has been a professional railway photographer since 1969. Max Wade-Matthews was a brass band player in the RAF, and has written several books about locomotives.