Little Railways of the World
Author: Frederic Shaw
published by Howell-North Press
First Edition 1958
Hardcover with Dust Jacket
Frederic Shaw has achieved an entirely new approach to the subject of railroading. He presents these tiny railway lines with explanations for their being and fine descriptions of their locale.
The reader necessarily feels himself a passenger, and in his mind can roll off such a tongue twister as Aberffrwd with the ease of a constant traveler on the Vale of Rheidol Railway of Wales. Adventurous readers will delight in the stories of the Otavi Railway in Africa, of the Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway in India, ond of the Shanghai=Woosung Railway which the Chinese called their “Steamboat on Shore.”
The author has such an affection for the little railways and such great esteem for their builders, that he has included, of course, passages of tribute to the pioneers of this field. The reader with nostalgic leanings will appreciate his chapter about the Cagney brothers. Many of the early Cagney engines are in use today in amusement parks throughout the country.
Little Railways of the World also offers generous tidbits of information for model fanciers, along with fine equipment drawings. In “Workshop for Rail Fans” is is shown that a railroad fiend can methodically become more so by “taking the course.”
Primarily the book shows that the little railways, though of endearing size, have the same struggle for existence as their larger prototypes. But as survivors of the age of steam, they are available for our enjoyment in the here and now.
Made In: United States
Product Condition: Used
Product Type: Book > Hardcover Book
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