Complete Book of Locomotives: A Comprehensive Guide to the World's Most Fabulous Locomotives - Their History and Development Through the Ages



This is a comprehensive guide to the world's most fabulous locomotives - their history and development through the ages. It includes over 700 photographs and illustrations of locomotives from around the world. This is a definitive history of locomotive technology from the 1830s to the present day. Detailed specification boxes given for over 100 key locomotive designs. This book charts the development of locomotive design throughout the world, including Britain, the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, India, China, Japan and the Pacific Rim. From the early years of steam power to today's high-speed passenger trains, this authoritative volume spans nearly two centuries of history. Divided into three sections, the book is organized chronologically, documenting developments and innovations in a concise and authoritative text. Part One: The Birth of the Railway charts the very beginnings of locomotive design up to 1900. Part Two: The Golden Age spans the glory years of railways as the foremost form of transport. Part Three: The 1950s to the Present Day charts the crossover from steam power to diesel and electric, bringing us to the present day technologies of Europe's Eurostar and the Japanese Bullet train.


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Colin Garratt, a world-renowned authority and author on locomotives, has also been a professional railway photographer for more than 30 years. His principal work has been to document the last steam locomotives of the world and he has made expeditions to some 50 countries, embracing all continents. He is director of Milepost 921/2, the multi-media production company for the railway industry. He has written and illustrated over 40 books on steam and rail.

General Fields

  • : 9781844768776
  • : Anness Publishing
  • : Anness Publishing
  • : August 2009
  • : 297mm X 228mm X 19mm
  • : September 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 625.26
  • : TRC
  • : over 700 colour photographs