All Aboard!: Passenger Trains Around the World

All Aboard!: Passenger Trains Around the World

by Karl Zimmermann
     
 

Experience the thrill of traveling by rail with stunning photographs of passenger trains from around the globe. Take a trip through the colorful history of passenger trains—and along those tracks where passenger rail still thrives. Learn how passenger trains developed from the Baltimore & Ohio's horse-drawn, stagecoach-like cars to France's trendsetting TGVs,

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Experience the thrill of traveling by rail with stunning photographs of passenger trains from around the globe. Take a trip through the colorful history of passenger trains—and along those tracks where passenger rail still thrives. Learn how passenger trains developed from the Baltimore & Ohio's horse-drawn, stagecoach-like cars to France's trendsetting TGVs, the world's fastest trains. Discover the magic of sitting in a dome car, sleeping in a Pullman, dining on rails, and riding such grand trains as the Canadian, among the world's finest.

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Children's Literature
As a frequent rider of Amtrak trains across this country and one who has taken the train across Canada and in various parts of Europe, I was interested in what the author had to say. It is obvious that he loves trains and train travel, but he does not mention some of the aspects that make it a bit difficult in this country. One of those obstacles is the lack of adequate federal support, which has kept Amtrak from expanding and upgrading its equipment and services and made it a second class service rather than what it could be. (He does mention some of these obstacles in the closing chapter.) The book is filled with wonderful photographs of trains--exteriors and interiors and the sights one would see when traveling. It made me consider the possibility of taking trains in South America and Australia so I too could enjoy some of that fabulous scenery. The history of passenger service is interesting, and I learned that the first such service was between Baltimore and Ellicott City, Maryland--very close to where I currently live. Vintage photographs show earlier dining and sleeping cars, and the story of George Pullman is a fascinating bit of train lore. So much of today's travel is about getting there in the shortest possible time, thus train travel quickly gave way to airlines. Now people are revisiting trains and looking at them the same way one does a cruise ship--part of the vacation fun is the travel itself. This informative book is set up like a picture book but is really targeted for an older audience--those writing reports (there is an index), train buffs, and those who just may be curious about current and past train travel. 2006, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 10 up.
—MarilynCourtot
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Zimmerman shares his passion for riding the rails in this absorbing look at passenger train service. The clearly written, informative text provides a historical glimpse at the rise and sometimes decline of this form of transportation. While the book describes trains around the world, two of the six chapters delve more deeply into rail service in the United States and Canada. The contributions of George Pullman are discussed, and an interesting subsection details how some train names originated. Terms such as "heavyweight," "streamliner," and "Superliner" are explained in context and also defined in a glossary. Crisp, full-color captioned photographs of varying sizes show an array of cars and locomotives from different time periods and locations. Students researching this topic or die-hard train enthusiasts stoking their mental engines will appreciate this attractive package.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781590783252
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

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