Great Railway Journeys of the World by K Westcott Jones
Great Railway Journeys of the World by K Westcott Jones
Great Railway Journeys of the World by K Westcott Jones
Great Railway Journeys of the World by K Westcott Jones
Great Railway Journeys of the World by K Westcott Jones
Great Railway Journeys of the World by K Westcott Jones
Great Railway Journeys of the World by K Westcott Jones

Great Railway Journeys of the World by K Westcott Jones

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Great Railway Journeys of the World by K Westcott Jones
 
Great Railway Journeys of the World by K Westcott Jones
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket   
Copyright 1965
192 pages indexed
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ....9
ONEACROSS CANADA WITH CANADIAN PACIFIC17
TwoTHROUGH THE GOLDEN WEST WITHUNION PACIFIC32
THREE   THE WEST COAST `DAYLIGHTS' 43
FOUR   ROUTE OF THE `BLUE TRAIN'..51
FIVETHE BERGEN-OSLO RAILWAY58
SIXTRANS-AUSTRALIA...67
SEVEN    MAIN TRUNK IN NEW ZEALAND.77
EIGHT   To THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON .83
NINEUNDER THE ALPS WITH THE `GOTTARDO'97
TENMORE ALPS WITH THE `CISALPIN'.106
ELEVEN     FROM OCEAN TO HIGH VELDT. 112
TWELVE    HOISTED UP THE SERRA.120
THIRTEEN    THE `ORIENT EXPRESS'...132
FOURTEEN     MADRAS TO THE BLUE MOUNTAINS 144
FIFTEENA KING'S MAIN LINE...150
SIXTEENTRANS-SIBERIAN...156
SEVENTEEN     LONDON TO FORT WILLIAM AND THE ISLES 167
EIGHTEEN RAILS TO THE ARCTIC...176
TAILPIECE.....187
ILLUSTRATIONS
1. The `Canadian' in the Canadian Rockies.
2. Canadian Pacific Railway Yards, Winnipeg.
3. Union Pacific `Big Boy' locomotive.
4. Union Pacific 'Domeliner' passes through the Nevada canyons.
5. Southern Pacific's `Coast Daylight' in steam days.
6. The `Shasta Daylight'.
7. The `Fleche d'Or' at Calais.
8. Mj, on the Bergen-Oslo Railway.
9. New dining car on the Bergen-Oslo day express.
10. Flbranch train at Myrdal, on the Bergen-Oslo Railway.
11. The Trans-Australian Express in steam days.
12. Trans-Australian Railway Express at Port Augusta.
13. The `Inter-Capital Daylight' from Sydney to Melbourne.
14. The `Daylight Limited Express' on the Main Trunk Line, New Zealand.
15. Passenger coach on the Great Rift Valley Escarpment incline, Uganda Railway.
16. Freight train in the "White" Highlands, Kenya.
17. `59' class locomotive at Nairobi.
18. The `Uganda Mail' near Kikuyu Station, Kenya.
19. Arrival of the inaugural train at Kasese, Uganda.
20. Dining car on the `Uganda Mail'.
21. Railway building in Uganda.
22. Trans-Europe Express at Gstation.
23. The bar of a Trans-Europe Express.
24. The 'Cisalpin' at speed.
25. Pretoria Station on its centenary.
26. South African Railways electric locomotive at Pretoria.
27. Zulu rickshaw boys outside Durban Station.
28. The express for Santos leaves Sao Paulo, Brazil.
29. Train on the new incline, Sao Paulo Railway.
30. Trains passing on the Sao Paulo Railway.
31. Re-splicing the cable on the Sao Paulo Railway.
32. The `Direct Orient Express' at Crveni Krst, Macedonia.
33. Stopping train leaving Dhahran, on the Saudi Arabian Railroad.
34. Second class section of rail car on Saudi Arabian Railroad.
35. Oil workers' train on the Saudi Arabian Railroad.
36. A Moscow-Vladivostok express on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
37. A Trans-Siberian freight train.
38. The `Aberdonian' on the East Coast main line.
39. An observation car on the Kyle of Lochalsh line.
40. A Swedish long-distance express at speed.
41. The author at the controls of a Swedish train crossing the Arctic Circle.
42. Freight train passing through Abisko in Northern Sweden.
43. The author in the cab of a Western Region express at speed.


IN THESE DAYS of world-wide air travel and the ubiquitous motor car, railways are by no means the first choice of every land traveller. There are many young people in the United States today, some of them over twenty-one years of age, who have never ridden in a train despite quite extensive travel experience. Their outlook appears to be that trains belong to the 'horse and buggy' era, and to travel in them is pass.
Fortunately for railways in general, this view is not universally shared, and even in the United States the train is staging a 'come-back' since striking rock-bottom in popularity during the years 1958 and 1959. On the Continent of Europe in 1964, fully ninety per cent of all passenger journeys are still made by train, while in India the figure is higher again.
Beaten in speed by the airliner, and frequently by the motor car, a train still has much to offer in other fields. It is the safest of all means of transport, based on a world-wide assessment of figures taken over fifty years. The old saying that 'the safest place in the world is the interior of a British railway carriage' still holds good, and it is true of the interiors of railway carriages in many other countries. More people lose their lives in bed from bursting hot water bottles or failing electric blankets than in the trains of Britain, Germany, Canada, or the United States.

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