Eagle Book of Trains

Eagle Book of Trains is from the age of steam, just as the alternatives to steam were beginning to appear. Underground and overground, through tunnels, up mountains - all aspects of the railway systems are covered, with several plates in colour showing cutaway diagrams. The Flying Scotsman, No. 4475, is shown in a 1928 photograph along with many other famous locomotives.

Original Price : Unknown

Published by : Hulton Press Ltd in 1953

Edited by : Cecil J. Allen

Dimensions : 21.5cm x 26cm with 192 pages.

Selected highlights:
  • Streamlining for speed - cracking the 100mph barrier
  • See inside a rotary snowplough
  • Learn about the American "Big Boy" class
  • Find out that South African railways are only 3ft 6in. wide.
Chapter   Page
1 How railways began 7
2 The railway engineer at work 18
3 The world's biggest bridges and tunnels 29
4 The modern steam locomotive 44
5 The locomotive at home and at work 58
6 Rivals of steam 72
7 Railways underground 83
8 Keeping the trains moving 94
9 Streamlining for speed 106
10 Inside the train 118
11 Stations, timetables and train running 128
12 Moving the freight 140
13 Signals and signalling 150
14 To the clouds by train 161
15 The fight with nature - flood, frost and fog 173
16 Seen by the lineside 183
Colour Plates
  Between pages
On the footplate 24-25
An articulated locomotive 24-25
Britain's first diesel-electric main line locomotives 72-73
Britain's first gas-turbine-electric locomotives 72-73
A London tube train 120-121
A hump marshalling yard 120-121
A rotary snowplough in action 168-169
Spiral railway development in the mountains 168-169