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World Railways of the Nineteenth Century invites readers to experience an unparalleled glimpse into the world of nineteenth-century railroading. To complement the extensive text drawn from primary sources as well as popular and scholarly railway literature of the period, Jim Harter has carefully selected more than 360 plates of rare wood engravings from 91 different publications―predominantly American, British, French, and German, and including such periodicals as Railroad Gazette, Street Railway Journal, Harper's Weekly, Illustrated London News, Engineering, The Engineer, and l'Illustration.

Beginning with Great Britain and America, this volume continues on to explore railway history in Continental Europe, the Russian Empire, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Technical topics cover the development of steam locomotion; gauge controversies; passenger and freight service; military railways; mass transit systems; street railways; cable, compressed air, and electrical traction; and train wrecks.

With its gallery of striking and unfamiliar images coupled with historical text, this volume will delight railroad enthusiasts, historians, world travelers, and students of Victorian technical achievement.

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Jim Harter, an independent scholar, artist, and editor of many clip-art books, lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.

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Will delight railroad enthusiasts, historians, world travelers, and students of Victorian technical achievement.

(Scale Rails)

Patrons will want to check out and peruse at their leisure over time.

(Gregory Curtis American Reference Books Annual)

Your reviewer will now stop babbling on and go and sit down for another browse and find something in the plates not found before―the book is that good.

(Archive)

World Railways is the most complete compendium of early locomotives as has ever been compiled.

(Bryce Milligan San Antonio Express-News)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this book could fill a library.

(Jeff Schramm Journal of Transport History)

Every escapist owes thanks to Jim Harter... this is serious history at its most engaging.

(Foreword)

This superb quality production will appeal to those with interests in several spheres.

(Continental Modeller)

A delightful volume.

(Scott Randolph Railroad History)

This book will give you many hours of enjoyment and entertainment. I have no hesitation in recommending it as a worthy addition to any collection. [5 Stars]

(Back Track)

An astonishing package of original material on early railways.

(John H. White, Jr., former curator of transportation, Smithsonian Institution)

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  • PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date2005
  • ISBN 10 0801880890
  • ISBN 13 9780801880896
  • BindingHardcover
  • Edition number1
  • Number of pages572

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