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Part 2


Part 2 of Railway Wonders of the World was published on Friday 8th February 1935.


It appeared in what became the standard format for the series as an issue of 32 pages.


The issue included a superb colour plate of the Union Pacific streamlined express, entitled “Speeding Across A Continent”.

This plate is reproduced below and with the full text of the article. It was attached to page 37, the first page of this issue.


The Cover

The cover featured a close-up of the front of the Union Pacific streamlined express, taken from the colour plate.

This is one of very few covers not to feature a steam engine, and is the only cover in the series to show a diesel-electric locomotive.


Contents of Part 2


Editorial


Speeding Across a Continent (colour plate)





























SPEEDING ACROSS A CONTINENT. America’s first Diesel-electric Express has opened up a new era in railway travel. This wonderful train, built in the form of a huge aluminium tube, is a marvel of lightness and speed, affording to passengers the greatest possible comfort in travelling.



The Union Pacific Streamlined Express (Part 2)

Article concluded from part 1. This is the first article in the series Modern High-Speed Travel. This part includes a colour plate which is reproduced with the full text of the article.

(Pages 37-39)


Click on the small image to see a short British Pathe newsreel clip of the train’s “Record run across the continent of America.”





The “Royal Scot” Route

The northward journey of this famous British Express from London Euston to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

(Pages 40-46)


Tunnelling Against Time

The wonderful story of America's new eight-mile tunnel through the Cascade Mountains. You can read more about the original tunnel through the Cascade Mountains in Frederick Talbot’s Railway Wonders of the World (1913).

(Pages 47-52)


The Railway Takes All

How British railway companies tackle accepting any load offered to them by traders. This article describes some of the special rolling stock used to carry the strangest loads.

(Pages 53-58)


Click on the small image to see a short British Pathe newsreel clip of a 65 ton stern post for the SS Olympic - overhanging 6 feet, successfully transported by the LNER in 1925.

(Pages 53-58)



The Story of the Locomotive (1)

The first of four articles providing a fascinating account of railway engine progress over a century. This chapter takes the story of the steam locomotive down to the Rainhill trials. This is the first article in the series on Design and Invention. You can read more on this period in G. Sekon’s The Evolution of the Steam Locomotive (1899).

(Pages 59-64)


The Conquest of Canada (Part 1)

The story of the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, “how pioneers thrust the railway across a vast continent”. It deals with the wonderful story of the planning of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It is a story of human endurance and scientific conquest, a story that reveals the importance of railway development in opening up new continents. This is the first article in the series Railways of the Empire. The article is concluded in part 3.

(Pages 65-68)


You can read more on “The Canadian Pacific Railway” in Frederick Talbot’s Railway Wonders of the World (1913).