The Definitive Visual History

Book - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Featuring amazing images of trains, virtual tours of engines, and profiles of key innovators, designers, and engineers, Train: The Definitive Visual History traces the history of the railroad and the role of trains, from the first steam engines to today's high speed bullet trains.

Comprehensive catalogs feature the most important trains from each period, exploring in detail iconic trains such as the Fairy Queen, Orient Express, and Javelin, and follows the development of trains from early steam to Diesel engines and modern electronic locomotives.

Beautiful photographs and detailed maps explore some of the world's most impressive rail routes from South Africa to Siberia, including the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the trans-Siberian Railway, and the high-speed Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen line.

Includes 2 exclusive prints.

Publisher: New York : DK, 2014.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781465422293
Branch Call Number: 385.09 Tra
Characteristics: 320 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), col. maps ; 31 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ahmed, Suhel
Smithsonian Institution
Alternative Title: DK Smithsonian train


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jul 01, 2015

An amazingly detailed book on trains and track vehicles of all types. The photography is first rate and the text supports the various models of trains. Most descriptions are short, several trains on a page with info on who built them, for what original and subsequent railroad, number built, where, technical specs, etc. For the models that advanced the technology, three or four pages of detailed photos and additional text are provided. In the rear of the book are helpful sections on how an interlocking tower worked, locomotive wheel arrangements, plus how steam, diesel electric and electric locomotives function.

Nov 24, 2014

Excellent book. However, is not just a children's book, is of interest to adults as well.

Nov 23, 2014

Train: the Definitive Visual History. --- Dorling Kindersley. --- Dorling Kindersley is a prolific British publisher noted for their lavishly illustrated books printed on heavy, glossy, stock. Indeed, it might be said that their narrative is more pictorial than textual. And that is also almost true of this wonderfully illustrated work. Although the front cover might lead you to believe that this is a mere cocktail table book, something to be perused to kill time, it is far more than that. It is over 300 pages thick; it is oversized; it is historically organized but it deals with not just the locomotives and trains that run on rails; it deals with the very track itself; it explains and instructs elegantly. What is particularly gratifying to see is that this album doesn’t focus exclusively on the U.K. There is extensive coverage of trains in other countries as well. Germany is well represented as one would expect of the country that followed so swiftly on British heels in adopting this technology. Also included in the list are North American, including Canadian) companies; the trains of Darjeeling; Swedish and Swiss Railways and others. Trains takes you to Japan and India; Russia and Australia; Singapore and Shanghai. This is not the book to be read at one sitting (although there will be some unable to resist that temptation). Perhaps it will be rationed out like Christmas cake or expensive cigars. But for sure, in the right hands, it will be enjoyed.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top