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Early Railways
     

Early Railways

by Rodney Dale, Dale
 

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In this detailed survey, Rodney Dale tells the story of the invention and development of this new means of transport and looks at the associated activities on which the running of the first railway system relied.

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In this detailed survey, Rodney Dale tells the story of the invention and development of this new means of transport and looks at the associated activities on which the running of the first railway system relied.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 UpTwo carefully researched and well-crafted volumes that give readers a lookalbeit from a British viewpointat the invention and early development of these machines. Cars covers roughly from the Nuremberg carriage built in Germany (1649) through the English Royce automobile (1904); Railways examines approximately the period from the Barnard Castle tram construction in England (1555) through the U.S. transcontinental, Union-Central Pacific Line, completed in 1869. In each book, Dale has tightly packed some 50 pages of formal, technical, and at times turgid, text with an almost unbelievable number of names, dates, quotes, and other germane information. This material is combined with numerous black-and-white reproductions of archival illustrations, patent drawings, maps, etc., along with somewhat lengthy captions. Both titles have a list of books for further reading that include works published as early as 1861 (Railways) and 1954 (Cars) and a short, incomplete index. All of these features help to create what could well be two very daunting books for American readers. Libraries should continue to rely upon Richard Wormser's The Iron Horse (Walker, 1993). For automobile history, students may find Nick Georgano's The American Automobile (Smithmark, 1993) more accessible.David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, WA

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ISBN-13:
9780195210071
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/11/1994
Series:
Discoveries and Inventions Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.63(h) x 0.24(d)

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