Ticket to Ride
Around the World on 49 Unusual Train Journeys
Paperback ISBN: 1849538263
Tom Chesshyre has made it his mission to experience the world through train travel - on both epic and everyday rail routes, aboard every type of train, from colonial steam locomotives to high-tech bullet trains. Join him on a whistle-stop tour of some of the most exhilarating journeys around the globe, from Sri Lanka to Tehran and beyond.
The 50 Greatest Train Journeys of the World
Paperback ISBN: 1785780654
Acclaimed travel writer Anthony Lambert presents his selection of train journeys with real character, sublime scenery, a sense of history, a well-appointed train, or even the opportunity to enjoy a meal with proper napery, silver and glass... Some journeys are well known, such as the Glacier or Orient Expresses, which combine glamour, outstanding cuisine and service and colorful history. Others less so: The Sunset Limited traverses through the quintessential Wild West country of New Mexico; or the coast-to-coast journey through the chestnut- and pine-clad mountains of Corsica, crossing one of Gustave Eiffel’s glorious viaducts of gossamer steel. From the modest line of the Alaska Railroad to the Trans-Siberian; from a narrow-gauge web of lines in the Harz Mountains to the train that crosses Australia’s barren Nullarbor Plain in a dead-straight 478km, Lambert’s is an unmissable selection for any lover of travel that is as delightful as the destination.
A History of the Southern Railway
Hardcover ISBN: 1445652714
Thousands of commuters south of the Thames use the railway daily, but how many know the fascinating history of the Southern Railway, created in 1923 from four smaller companies? Colin Maggs, one of the country’s foremost railway historians, tells the story of the London & South Western Railway, the London Brighton & South Coast Railway, the South Eastern Railway and the London, Chatham & Dover Railway (also known as the London, Smash ’em & Turnover Railway due to its poor safety record) in comprehensive detail. In addition to the company’s history, he covers the railway’s cross-Channel shipping enterprise and the creation of Southampton Docks for ocean-going vessels. From its Victorian beginnings, the golden age of steam, diversification, Edwardian amalgamation through nationalisation and to the present day, Colin Maggs tells the gripping story of one of the country’s proudest railway firms. Illustrated with over 100 photographs and period posters, many in colour.
Waiting on a Train
The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service
Paperback ISBN: 1603580646
McCommons spent much of 2008 on Amtrak researching this book. Here he celebrates the joy of train-riding and, gracefully preaches its efficiency together with a sketch of passenger train history, its current progress, the oil- and votes-loving opponents, and the proponents--even among the freight roads' executives. One UP executive spoke the company line about its obligation to move Amtrak over the road expeditiously: "...we don't care". A fine primer on economics, politics, engineering. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Illustrated Encyclopedia of the World's Steam Passenger Locomotives
A Technical Directory of Major International Express Train Engines from the 1820s to the Present Day
Hardcover ISBN: 0517374862
Describes the historical development, operations, and technical specifications of the world's great steam passenger locomotives
Stand Fast, Craigellachie
Hardcover ISBN: 1550464027
A tribute to one of North America's oldest still running railway companies. This landmark tribute to the Canadian Pacific Railway features the work of many of North America's top rail photographers. Remarkable photography and essays cover the entire CPR system, from the east coast to the west coast including Nova Scotia's Dominion Atlantic lines and Vancouver Island's Esquimalt & Nanaimo. Some of the best steam and diesel photographs ever published appear here along with 1950s-vintage photos of steeple-cab electrics and passenger trains on the Electric Lines subsidiaries: the Grand River Railway and the Lake Erie & Northern. Canadian Pacific Railway captures the pleasure of lingering in wood-frame stations where time was marked to the beat of a Seth Thomas clock, the stainless-steel glamor of the Canadian, the gritty drama of SD40s grinding up mountain grades, and the loneliness of the prairie.
Whistles Across the Land
A Love Affair With Trains
Paperback ISBN: 1559125055
A lush, large (10x12") collection of color pictures of trains, their crews, railroad workers, and a few passengers. The photos are of the exhibition quality that have won the author and his wife, Shirley Berman, admiration and awards. A splendid book at a remarkably low price. Published by Cedco Publishing Co., 2955 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.