The definitive reference book revealing the very oldest examples of steam locomotives all over the world
The development of the steam locomotive during its first half-century until 1850 is told here by exploring the surviving locomotives that may be seen in museums in Britain, Europe, and North and South America. Operable replicas, filling many of the gaps in the international collections, are also featured. Each chapter describes a group or class of locomotive, outlining the operating and preservation history with their design characteristics, component materials, and modifications, from the Trevithick progenitors of 1803-1808 to the industrial locomotive of 1838-1850. Including a list of museums housing all of the world's oldest locomotives and components, this book brings the locomotive past to life.