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What is the story behind the Mallard's speed record? Why did Brunel's atmospheric South Devon Railway fail? Who were the most famous locomotive engineers and designers? How did a locomotive manage to reach the summit of Snowdon Mountain in the 19th century? Travel through the enthralling history of British railways from the glorious age of steam right through to the present railway networks with this collection of fascinating and diverse facts and stories. Discover the world's oldest active steam locomotive before becoming up-to-date with railways in films, such as Harry Potter. In addition to fascinating lists of the longest tunnels, widest bridges and most powerful locomotives, ponder the dismal failure of Brunel's atmospheric railway in South Devon, before reading the rags-to riches tale of Frank Hornby. From the sublime to the ridiculous and the euphoric to the poignant, every railway enthusiast is catered for in Amazing and Extraordinary Railway Facts.
Respected transport author Julian Holland delves into the intriguing world of steam in his latest book, which is full of absorbing facts and figures on subjects ranging from Cornish beam engines, steam railway locomotives, road vehicles and ships through to traction engines, steam rollers and electricity generating stations and the people who designed and built them. Helped along the way by the inventive minds of James Watt, Richard Trevithick and George Stephenson, steam became the powerhouse that drove the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
"More Amazing and Extraordinary Railway Facts" is another fascinating miscellany that will delight railway buffs everywhere. It has more fun and interesting trivia for the railway buff from the famous steam trains of the Great Western Railway and celebrated British locomotive builders to Victorian navvies and the 'second' Beeching Report. Brief accessible and entertaining pieces on a wide variety of subjects makes it the perfect book to dip in to. The author's love of the railways and wealth of knowledge shines through, with all the numbers, statistics, timetables and railway locations that will appeal to the real railway enthusiast.
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