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As an example of the "Usborne Discovery" series, or indeed, any of the picture reference series, this sleek, well-designed volume is outstanding. Its eye-catching format features excellent color photos, well-written and informative text, and small, but detailed, clearly-labeled drawings to explain how trains work. In addition, Usborne has scattered Internet links throughout the pages so young railroad enthusiasts can find additional information on many of the topics. Beginning with the earliest locomotives from the 1820s, proceeding through later steam, diesel, and electric engines to the latest in magnetic levitation, pictures and text are arranged on the pages to provide maximum clarity and interest. Who could resist photos like the one of a tiny steam locomotive and its few cars winding their way through dense vegetation in Darjeeling? Or the view of Queen Victoria's private coach with its padded blue silk walls and elegant furnishings? Readers will also find information on underground trains and monorails, famous journeys (like the Trans-Siberian route) and beautifully detailed scale model trains. Special features include a "Did you know?" page, a useful index, and tips and cautions on using the Internet. With or without its Web connections, this attractive reference book should appeal to train lovers of practically any age. 2002, Usborne/EDC Publishers, Talcroft

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EDC Publishing
Publication date:
Usborne Discovery Internet-Linked Series
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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