ALTHOUGH twenty parts of Railway Wonders of the World have now been published, my correspondence continues to be not only varied but also heavy. The letters of appreciation that I am receiving from all parts of the world are very gratifying., I am glad to know that so many readers regard Railway Wonders of the World as something more than a weekly periodical. An extract from a letter from H. B., of Edinburgh, is typical of many. He says: “Railway Wonders of the World is not merely a paper to be taken each week. It is an authentic and interesting work, which deserves to rank as a standard work for many years to come.”
This brings me to another point. Many other correspondents, who also regard Railway Wonders of the World as something permanent, are anxious to have further details of the binding cases. Part 23, published on July 5, will contain a special announcement in relation to these cases.
THE railway is essentially a product of the times. In spite of this, we cannot escape the romance of the days when there were no railways. The very country through which trains run is frequently invested with the glamour and romance of those early days. This applies especially to the highland railways of Scotland, and next week I shall include a chapter on these lines. This chapter will include a description of a journey through the Scottish highlands from Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig on the West Highland Railway, now operated by the LNER. On this trip the trains pass over the notorious Rannoch Moor -
The first Scottish mountain lines were owned by the Highland line, which now belongs to the LMS. The journey from Perth to Inverness via the Drumochter Pass, 1,484 ft above the sea, also makes a superb trip.
The chapter that I published in Part 17 on “Locomotive Speed Records” has been one of the most popular. It seems that there is a never-
BEGINNING next week there will be a chapter on some of the famous railway bridges in the world, with special reference to the world’s longest railway bridge, the Lower Zambesi Bridge in Portuguese East Africa. This was built by British enterprise and cost over £1,400,000. It was completed in 1934.
Another of the most interesting railway bridges built in recent years is the one across the Nile in Uganda. When the Kenya and Uganda Railway decided that the main line westwards from Jinja to Kampala had to be extended, they found that a bridge across the Nile was necessary. Operations began in 1929, the bridge being open for traffic in 1931. This bridge carries a single metre-
OUR cover this week depicts a giant American locomotive running at full speed at the head of a heavy train. The picture clearly shows the American type of cow-