Steam Railways have always captured the public's imagination, from the early 1800's through to their heyday in the 1920s and 1930s. This is the story of their development, the different pasts of this network, and what made them work. With diagrams, illustrations and photographs.
Stan Yorke is well known for his easy-to-follow style and here he goes beyond the characters and events of railway history to look at why things are the way they are, how the machines work, and the function of the numerous devices we see around a working railway line. Illustrated with over 100 photographs and aided by his son Trevor's superb drawings, the book is divided into four sections looking at the history; the track, signalling and building; the locomotives and rolling stock, and finally a review of the restored railway scene today including a list of sites to visit.