How a Steam Locomotive Works

How a Steam Locomotive Works

by Karen Parker


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This book examines how modern steam locomotive works, including all its major sub-systems and appliances. Illustrations show how each part of the locomotive fits into the overall functioning, some background on each aspect of each function, and examples of various locomotives from a wide variety of railroads all over the U.S. The book is written for the layman to understand, providing a really easy to comprehend, yet technically competent and complete volume that will be valuable for anyone interested in the steam era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780939487899
Publisher: TLC Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2009
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 3.60(w) x 3.40(h) x 7.30(d)

About the Author

Karen Parker is that rare kind of writer who has an outstanding professional background in the field necessary for accurate understanding of her subject (in this case physics and mechanical engineering). Her explanations are clear, concise and devoid of esoteric terms and written for those who enjoy understanding mechanical things, but who are not deeply conversant with steam technology and would like to know more.

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How a Steam Locomotive Works 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ALinNY458 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've always been a steam locomotive junkie but have never taken it the next level to find out how these awesome machines actually worked. This book gives an interesting overview of all the key components and sub-assemblies that make a steam locomotive go and more than satisfied my curiosity without getting me lost in too technical jargon. I recommend this book highly. One caveat, this is not a book written for children so I would really only recommend it for adult readers.