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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... read more

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For almost eighty years New Zealand Railways operated a line that extended south from Nelson. The expectation of Nelsonians was that sooner, rather than later, their region would be connected to the rest of the South Island railway system as promised by various Governments. Construction delays, rugged terrain, acts of God, po... read more

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Since its introduction (or more exactly re-introduction) in 1971 the Kingston Flyer tourist steam train has become a national icon and a major attraction for visitors in the Otago/Southland regions. Today it runs over 14 km of track from Kingston on the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Fairlight, but originally it ran the 36 km fr... read more

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Railways are much more than just a mode of transport and their impact on the past 200 years of history has been profound. Railways have brought freedom of movement to the masses and been the agents of social change. They have fostered industrial and economic growth, they have been used to mobilise armies and fight wars, and t... read more

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The romance with the age of Steam and the Steam locomotives that revolutionised industry, travel and even holidays in the latter part of the 19th century, is all contained within this superbly illustrated publication. From the Golden Age of Steam through to the rise of preserved railways that have seen the legacy of Steam lov... read more

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Last train to paradise describes the halcyon days of New Zealand rail, some of which the author was fortunate enough to experience personally. The 'name' trains and journeys cover a considerable period of New Zealand's history, from the late 1800's, through the 'golden' era of train travel (the first four decades of the 20th ... read more

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This is a comprehensive history of high speed trains beginning with Japanese bullet trains of 1960s and including the French development of TGVs. The book covers not just the trains but the problems and solutions for the lines on which they run. It looks at European adoption of high speed trains now an accepted alternative t... read more

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Keith G. Brown documents Addington Workshops rich history from formation to closure and details his own experiences working as a tradesman carpenter at Addington from 1949 to 1987. The first book to document Addington's leading role in the manufacture and repair of rolling stock for New Zealand Railways, this is a fascinating... read more

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A stunning collection that brings an earlier era to life.

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Otira has a unique and fascinating history: from its years as a coaching stop at the foot of the Otira Gorge, to its shanty town era through the toil of tunnel construction, to its golden years as a thriving railway town. This richly illustrated and carefully researched book explores Otira’s social history through time,... read more

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As Britain moved from austerity to prosperity in the 1950s and 1960s, it became clear that British Railways needed to modernise its equipment and rationalise its network if it was to hold its own in the face of growing competition from road and air transport. After attempting to maintain pre-war networks and technology in the... read more

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An interetsing selection of black and white and colour photographs showing diesel-hauled trains at work in the South Island landscape during the 1970s and 1980s. 32 pages

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For nearly two centuries, railroads have been crucial to North America's transportation system-perhaps never more so than today. Always at the forefront of this industryhas been a vast array of mighty locomotives in ever-evolving forms, pulling and pushing freight and passenger trains across plains and through mountains. The ... read more

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Author:Peter Johnson
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Narrow gauge railways, so well suited to difficult, mountainous terrain, were built in many of the UK's most scenic locations. Their genesis was in mines and quarries where they replaced man- or horse-pulled wagons, but their adaptability meant that by the 1860s they were also carrying passengers, in some cases over quite con... read more

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David St John Thomas is Britain's one-time bestselling railway author, who built a formidable publishing empire first based mainly on railways. In Farewell to Trains, he summarizes his lifetime's passion. Personal reminiscences and evocative descriptions of railway life are interspersed with extracts from over 65 years of the... read more

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Less than 50 years ago, trains were routinely hauled by majestic steam-powered locomotives. These magnificent machines still exercise a powerful hold on our imagination, conjuring up the romance of old-fashioned rail travel and the excitement of human ingenuity pitted against the challenges of narrow passes, tight bends and f... read more

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