Steam Locomotives by Karl Zimmermann
Whistling, Chugging, Smoking Iron Horses of the Past

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Once they were a familiar sight: iron horses belching smoke and steam, chugging out of depots and racing across the countryside. Those spectacular steam locomotives are gone. But in this fascinating book, Karl Zimmermann, an authority on trains, takes young readers back to a colorful era of railroad history. He traces the development of the steam locomotive from early engines, such as the little Tom Thumb, to "Big Boy," the largest locomotive ever built. He explains how steam locomotives work; how they are classified; why they were vanquished by the diesel; and why those magnificent machines still hold us spellbound. Chock-full of facts, and featuring stunning full-color and archival photographs of steam locomotives in the United States, Canada, and other countries, this book will fire the imagination of any young reader who ever dreamed of getting behind the throttle of a mighty steam locomotive.

About Karl Zimmermann

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Karl Zimmermann is the author of Steam Locomotives: Whistling, Chugging, Smoking Iron Horses of the Past; and All Aboard! Passenger Trains Around the World. He lives in Oradell, New Jersey.Steven Walker is the illustrator of Rosa's Bus by Jo S. Kittinger, winner of an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. He lives in Westerville, Ohio.
Published March 1, 2004 by Boyds Mills Press. 48 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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This vivid appreciation combines big, dramatic color photos taken in several countries over a nearly 40-year span with a lively, opinionated history that will clue readers in to both the development (and jargon) of steam railroading, and its enduring fascination.

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