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5.0 out of 5 stars Good on history & some funny tales., 6 Aug. 2009
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Mr. K. M. Jacobs (Isle of Wight, UK) - See all my reviews
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If you are already a fan of the late & great Fred, then this will be a brilliant read. You can hear his wonderful voice as he tells the story of steam.

However, even if you have never heard of Fred, this is still a very good book with which to get a good overview of the Industrial Revolution and the vital part that steam power played in it.

Intertwined with the history are some colourful stories relating to real people and events and these just serve to bring the subject alive for the reader.

Overall an excellent and entertaining read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, yet thorough, 10 Mar. 2015
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Mr. Ross Maynard (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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In “Age of Steam” Fred Dibnah and David Hall give us a very readable, personal, and surprisingly thorough history of the development of steam power in Great Britain. The style is chatty and personable, and full of Fred’s little anecdotes (I love the account of him crashing a steam roller).

What I really love about the book though is that it doesn’t take the familiar path through steam history that many popular histories lazily take - Newcomen - Watt - Stevenson - Brunel. Actually this isn’t the real path at all: James Watt had virtually nothing to do with the development of steam locomotion. In the book the authors explain the difference between low pressure steam used in static engines (as developed by Watt and Boulton) and the high pressure steam of locomotives which had a very different development route. In addition, the authors take the time to include other figures important in the development of steam whose names are less familiar to us now; and they devote considerable space to the steam turbine which still plays an important role in all our lives.

All in all this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it. Fred is sadly missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading at an affordable price, 11 Mar. 2011
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Mr. R. Norton "Nerdy Bob" (East Yorkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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I ordered this book for an elderly friend who is a great Fred Dibnah fan. The book was used but in really good condition. The service was good and speedy. My friend is delighted with his purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous review of Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam, 9 Jun. 2013
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This is a really well scripted book. Written virtually as the man would have spoken, Fred was not a man of words, he was a man of action. He could make anything but he could not write it down. He had a wonderful gift. He could tell a good story. His was a factual statement. He knew what was good and he knew how to explain it in lay-man terms. This book tells of the men he admired , what they did and how they did it. It really is a very good read, It is factual and accurate but not wordy. He was in awe of these men, but he built his own steam engine and he dug a mine in his back garden. How many people could even think of doing that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fed again............, 17 Nov. 2012
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G. J. Robinson (UK) - See all my reviews
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Books by and about Fred are always popular especially with folk keen on Steam. This book did not dissapoint and was a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Feb. 2015
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Good old Fred.
Very much missed.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam, 8 Feb. 2009
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K. J. Rumsey "Ken" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Had a quick look at this, as it was a gift for an older family member who said it was a great read for a steam fanatic.
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