Get ready to take an exhilarating journey through the history of the world's greatest trains with this encyclopedia. Everything you ever wanted to know about various types of locomotives is profiled here, including electric, diesel, steam, passenger, and freight trains. New fans, as well as long-time train aficionados will enjoy this thorough look at one of the most thrilling forms of travel and transportation. Each entry presents detailed information on each train, including boiler pressure, cylinders, driving wheels, grate area, heating surface, tractive effort, and total weight. With international coverage, train buffs can learn about everything from British railways to Japanese railways to South American railways to the Prussian railway system.