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Classic Trains (A Channel Four book) Paperback – 20 Feb 1998


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd; New edition edition (20 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752211811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752211817
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,044,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a handsome personal view of world railways, past and present, by an author with no hidden agendas. The author's style is clearly polemical, and none the worse for that. The illustrations are interesting and attractive. However, don't use it as a work of reference. The author has been let down badly by his editors and verifiers, and the book is littered with mistakes and inconsistencies. For instance, every railway fan knows the Stockton & Darlington Railway opened in 1825: this book gives 1824, 1825 and 1825 on three separate pages; it spells the name of the architect Philip Hardwicke in two different ways on the same page; another railway, described as cable-hauled, clearly uses locomotives in the illustration a few pages away; another picture purports to describe an electric loco as a diesel, and actually illustrates a driving luggage van! Buy the book for the attractiveness of the illustrations and the robustness of the author's views, but take the captions and the text with a large pinch of salt.
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Attractive, but flawed 15 May 1998
By mmellor@compuserve.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a handsome personal view of world railways, past and present, by an author with no hidden agendas. The author's style is clearly polemical, and none the worse for that. The illustrations are interesting and attractive. However, don't use it as a work of reference. The author has been let down badly by his editors and verifiers, and the book is littered with mistakes and inconsistencies. For instance, every railway fan knows the Stockton & Darlington Railway opened in 1825: this book gives 1824, 1825 and 1825 on three separate pages; it spells the name of the architect Philip Hardwicke in two different ways on the same page; another railway, described as cable-hauled, clearly uses locomotives in the illustration a few pages away; another picture purports to describe an electric loco as a diesel, and actually illustrates a driving luggage van! Buy the book for the attractiveness of the illustrations and the robustness of the author's views, but take the captions and the text with a large pinch of salt.
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