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Great Trains Hardcover – November 8, 1973

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (November 8, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850591457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850591453
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,858,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Trying to cover the history of passenger rail service and the most famous of passenger trains, worldwide, is a lofty ambition, and this book takes a decent stab at it. It's big - 12"x10" and 259 pages - and covers a lot of ground. Each chapter has a different author, so you can get some specialized perspectives, rather than having one person try to handle everything. Overall though, the writing is a bit dry, reminiscent of high school history books. There are 340 illustrations, some in colour, but most are small and lacking in details.
If you are a true fan of passenger railroads, you should find this interesting. You can concentrate in the areas you are interested in, and ignore the rest. Given the attempt to cover the entire world here, most people would be better off to get a more narrowly-focused book. Look over a copy before you buy, but you may just find you like it.

Here are the chapters and authors:
Introduction (Bryan Morgan), Passenger Discomforts (David Elliot), Two Pioneers (B. Morgan), The Golden Age of Steam (John Snell), Stations & Structures (Alan A. Jackson & B. Morgan), Railways Afloat (Philip Unwin), Great Trains of Britain (B. Morgan), Great Trains of Europe (Charles Owen), Great Trains of Russia (K. Wescott Jones), Great Trains of North America (Arthur D. Dubin), Great Trains of India (David Tennant), Great Trains of the World (J. Snell), Imagined Journeys (B. Morgan), and Blue Horizons (John Foster White).
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