The Second Age of Rail : A History of High Speed Trains, Hardback

The Second Age of Rail : A History of High Speed Trains Hardback


Speed on steel wheels has fascinated engineers for nearly two centuries, and a string of stunning records in the last twenty-five years has pushed railway engineering towards new frontiers.

Japan - pioneer of high-speed train technology - set the precedent with its legendary bullet trains in 1964; since then a dozen countries have joined the high-speed revolution.

Today, China is setting the pace as it crafts a nationwide network of super-railways, and Morocco and Saudi Arabia are on the cusp of launching trains that travel at 300km/h.

The USA lags far behind, outpaced by Asia and Western Europe, where Eurostar links London to the international high-speed network - although a new-generation railway to northern England is still missing.

Here is the full story of high-speed trains, retold in a journey across countries and continents.

The Second Age of Rail is railway history in the making.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 165 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Railway transport industries
  • ISBN: 9780750961455



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