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Clarence Winchester appointed Cecil J. Allen as Consulting Editor. He appears to have been commissioned to write a number of more specialist articles, all of which appeared anonymously within the pages of Railway Wonders of the World. It is only through the Editorials that his authorship of these articles can be established with any certainty, and these are the ones so identified on this page.

Articles by Cecil J. Allen

Cecil J Allen


Articles from “Railway Wonders of the World”


  1.  Engineering in New Zealand (parts 8-9)
  2.  The Permanent Way (part 11)
  3.  Locomotive Speed Records (part 17)
  4.  Speed Trains of Britain (part 22)
  5.  Speed Trains of Europe (part 28)
  6.  Detecting Rail Defects (part 29)
  7.  Speed Trains of North America (part 33)
  8.  Through the Bernese Alps (part 34)
  9.  Giant American Locomotives (parts 37-38)
  10.  Switches and Crossings (parts 41-42)
  11.  The “Ulster Express” (part 44)
  12.  Wonderful Alpine Ascents (issue 44)
  13.  The “Silver Jubilee” (part 45)
  14.  Power Production in the Alps (part 49)


Cecil J. Allen also wrote Railway Wonders: The Wonderful Railway Engineering Progress of One Hundred Years (London: John Shaw & Co, c1925). Although primarily written for a younger audience, nevertheless this book contains a number of interesting articles. The illustrations are also noteworthy. The following is a list of articles included on this website since they complement articles which appear in Railway Wonders of the World.

Articles from “Railway Wonders” (1925)


  1. Carrying the Mails
  2. Electric Railways
  3. Goods Trains and Their Working
  4. How a Locomotive is Built
  5. How Engines are Tested
  6. How Passengers Are Handled
  7. Locomotive Giants of Other Countries
  8. Planning and Making a Railway
  9. Railway Accidents
  10. The Railway “Groups”
  11. Safety on the Tubes
  12. Seeing the Scenery
  13. Signals and Signalling
  14. Trains That Go To Sea
  15. Turning Locomotives Round
  16. Wonderful Railway Bridges
Railway Wonders by Cecil J Allen