The Lore of the Train is the history of the train from its primeval forms in the Middle Ages to the streamliners of the 1970s. A portion of the book is devoted to predicting future train development, much of it has become reality. The illustrations are excellent that include maps, engines and diagrams on how the different locomotives work.
Chapter 1 of The Lore of the Train illustrates the early form of trains used in mining in the Middle Ages to the first steam locomotive in England in 1808. The second chapter is about the first public railway in the early 1800 in England. Chapter 3 illustrates and discusses the early American locomotive and passenger cars. The Mid-Nineteenth Century trains are the subject matter of Chapter 4. This chapter covers the first trains in Austria, America and the first subway. Chapter 5 explains the American type locomotive and its development. Developments such as heating, and lighting are added passenger cars and the development of the first electric locomotives are explained.
Chapter 6 of The Lore of the Train talks about the early twentieth century improvements. Such as Electric traction starting in Europe and the Pacific steam engine development. Passenger classes are created during this period. The invention of the snowplow, freight only engines, monorails and the first diesel engine are included in this Chapter. Chapter 7 illustrates and discusses modern railroad motive power (electric and diesel traction) that are in existence at the time this book was written. This was the time of the creation of specialized freight cars. The appendix talks about the future of trains and their development. Most of the ideas discussed are now in a reality for train travel and engine power sources.
The Lore of the Train is full of excellent illustration of engines and how they work. There are detailed illustrations of passenger cars, electric interurbans, and steam, diesel and electric engines. The information in this book will delight the railfan and hobbyist.
There is a little wear on the dust jacket. The last few pages have some water stains at the very top. The back cover is slightly bowed.