To China For Steam By Robert Adley Dust Jacket 1983 with dust jacket
To China For Steam By Robert Adley Dust Jacket 1983 with dust jacket
To China For Steam By Robert Adley Dust Jacket 1983 with dust jacket
To China For Steam By Robert Adley Dust Jacket 1983 with dust jacket

To China For Steam By Robert Adley Dust Jacket 1983 with dust jacket

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To China For Steam By Robert Adley Dust Jacket 1983 with dust jacket
 
To China For Steam By Robert Adley Dust Jacket 1983  153 Pages
What is a railway enthusiast? Why does the steam locomotive arouse such emotion, affection and enduring admiration amongst certain people? Over the years, many have sought to answer this question, but few have succeeded. Of one thing I am certain, however: there is a Brotherhood of Rail. It knows neither national, ethnic nor cultural boundaries. It binds together peasant and philosopher, communist and capitalist, male and female. I offer you this book, kind reader, as a contribution towards the worldwide lasting tribute to the steam engine. For steam enthusiasts, for members of the Brotherhood of Rail, the place to go is to China, for steam.
Around the world, for good or evil, my fellow-countrymen have left their mark, not always at the behest of the local inhabitants. That 'mark' is superbly illustrated by the Ordnance Survey Maps of China, made in Southampton; but more of that later. However, having invented the steam-engine, I suppose its worship is one of our less harmful attributes. It is not my deliberate intention to seek, through this book, to gain new adherents to the cause of railway enthusiasm: or is it? Can I put my hand on my heart and express no interest in strengthening the international army of the Brotherhood of Rail? No, I cannot. Of course I hope that army grows in number, not because I hope to sell more books, hut because 1 believe in railways. For a land that believes in railways it is unnecessary to look further than the People's Republic of China.
In spite of the scale of development of the Chinese People's Republic Railways (CPRR), the Vice President of Railways, Liao Shiquan has stated that progress can barely keep pace with the growing demands made on the railways by the growth of the national economy and foreign trade. Steam traction still has a part to play in the development of CPRR. In the late 1950s, about 1,000 second-hand Soviet 'FD' class steam locomotives were delivered to China.

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