Rails Around the World

Two Centuries of Trains and Locomotives

Brian Solomon


In this visually glorious chronological history, railroad historian and photographer Brian Solomon curates a selection of the world's most significant trains and locomotives over the last two centuries. Hop aboard to see trains and locomotives at work in scenic locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

The author provides a thorough look at the development of the most famous, most influential and most technologically advanced trendsetters over 200 years, with photography depicting heavy hardware at work in more than 30 nations. In addition to learning about the technology, rail fans learn about significant designers, builders and operators. When it comes to illustrated histories of railroading spanning time and nations, fans of heavy iron will be hard-pressed to find a more compelling collection. Topics covered include:

  • Stephenson's Rocket of 1829 – the most influential locomotive of all time now preserved at UK's National Railway Museum in York, England
  • The Consolidation Type – the most prolific steam locomotive design in America and one of the most common types around the world
  • Budd stainless-steel streamliners – Burlington's famous Zephyr and the trains it inspired swept public imagination
  • Britain's Sir Nigel Gresley and his remarkable locomotives – includes World Famous Flying Scotsman and steam speed record holder Mallard
  • Electro-Motive's F-unit – the iconic American diesel that killed steam
  • Germany's Flying Hamburger – the pioneer high-speed diesel streamliners from 1932
  • Japanese Shinkansen trains – these record-breaking electric trains are the epitome of high-speed rail
  • Siemens Vectron – during the last decade this versatile electric design has rapidly displaced older electric locomotives across Europe


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