Born out of the Industrial Revolution,
the railway locomotive may be seen
as Britainís greatest gift to the world.
It allowed continents to be opened up,
new trade routes to be established and
people to make journeys in a few hours
that previously had taken several days.
The single invention redrew the map
of the globe and paved the way for the
modern world, with the automobile
and aeroplane following it its wake.
Through more than 60 colour images,
this conveniently pocket-sized book
looks not only at Britainís rich heritage
of locomotives that have survived from
the dawn of steam, but the many replicas
made in modern times to Ďfill iní the
historical gaps, and where to see them
today. It is the first volume to bring
them all together under one cover.
A graduate of the University of Central
England, Robin Jones, founding editor of
Heritage Railway magazine, was a news
editor and chief investigative reporter at
the Birmingham Evening Mail, and over
the years has produced several books
and special publications, along with
historical features for numerous other
newspapers and periodicals.
He has been interested in railways
from a very early age, when his elder
brother Stewart took him trainspotting
at Widney Manor station in Solihull
at the age of four, at the end of the
British Railways steam age.
Imprint: PiXZ Books, ISBN 978 1 906887 28 5, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published June 2009. Reprinted June 2015.