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by Lynn Curlee


In Trains, Lynn Curlee looks at the history of trains from steam locomotives to diesel and electric engines. Beginning with the simple steam-powered engines built in the 1800s in England, the author then discusses the role the railroad played in the U.S. Civil War and westward expansion.

Next comes the Golden Age of American railroading when freight and passenger trains crisscrossed the country during the early 1900s. Finally, the focus switches to other countries as the book concludes with a look at the high speed bullet trains that have appeared in Japan and Europe.

Any child fascinated by trains will enjoy this overview of railroading. After having his or her curiosity piqued by Trains, your youngster will be ready to move on to longer and more detailed books on this interesting topic.

The Book

May 2009
Children's Nonfiction: ages 7 and up
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The Reviewer

Bob Walch
Reviewed 2009
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