This is very much a selective bibliography, mainly mentioning books I have used as source material, since there are literally tens of thousands of books on the railroads. Many of these are very detailed and written for a specialist audience, and have consequently not been included in this list. The list is, therefore, aimed at the general reader who wants to know more on the subjects covered in this book, rather than at a specialist audience.

I have, of course, made extensive use of my own series of six railroad history books, all published by Atlantic. The Subterranean Railway (2004, updated 2013) is the story of the London Underground, Fire and Steam (2006) covers the story of Britain’s railroads, and Blood, Iron and Gold (2008) shows how the railroads changed the world. Engines of War (2010) demonstrates the importance of railroads in wartime while The Great Railway Revolution (2012) is the story of American railroads; To the Edge of the World (2013) is the history of the world’s longest railroad, the Trans-Siberian.


Erwin Berghaus, The History of the Railways,

Barrie & Rockliffe, 1964

Anthony Burton, Railway Empire, John Murray, 1994

Anthony Burton, On the Rails, Aurum, 2004

Christopher Chant, The World’s Railways, Grange, 2002

Basil Cooper, A Century of Train, Brian Trodd Publishing, 1988

Nicholas Faith, Locomotion, BBC Books, 1993

Nicholas Faith, The World the Railways Made, Bodley Head, 1990

Tim Fischer, Trains Unlimited, ABC Books, 2011

Geoffrey Freeman Allen, Railways Past, Present and Future, Orbis Publishing, 1982

Geoffrey Freeman Allen, Railways of the Twentieth Century, Winchmore, 1983

Geoffrey Freeman Allen, Luxury Trains of the World, Bison, 1979

Jim Harter, World Railways of the Nineteenth Century: A Pictorial History in Victorian Engravings, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005

Clive Lamming, Larousse des Trains et des Chemins de Fer, Larousse, 2005

Bryan Morgan, ed, Great Trains, Crown Publishers, 1973

O.S. Nock, World Atlas of Railways, Mitchell Beazley, 1978

O.S. Nock, Railways Then and Now: A World History, Paul Elek Ltd, 1975

O.S. Nock, ed, Encyclopaedia of Railways, Book Club Associates, 1977

Martin Page, The Lost Pleasures of the Great Trains, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1975

Steve Parissien, Station to Station, Phaidon, 1997

P.J.G. Ransom, Locomotion: Two Centuries of Train Travel, Sutton Publishing, 2001

Michael Robbins, The Railway Age, Penguin, 1965

Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century, Berg, 1996

John Westwood, Railways at War, Osprey, 1980

John Westwood, The Pictorial History of Railways, Bison Books, 2008


H.C. Casserly, Outline of Irish History, David & Charles, 1974

Nicholas Faith, The Right Line: the Politics, the Planning and the Against-the-odds Gamble Behind Britain’s First High-speed Railway, Segrave Foulkes, 2007

Peter Fleming, The Fate of Admiral Kolchak, Rupert Hart David, 1963 (reprinted 2001 by Birlinn)

Murray Hughes, Rail 300, David & Charles, 1988

P.M. Kalla-Bishop, Italian Railroads, Drake, 1972

P.M. Kalla-Bishop, Mediterranean Island Railways, David & Charles, 1970

Allan Mitchell, The Great Train Race: Railways and Franco-German Rivalry, Berghahn, 2000

O.S. Nock, Railways of Western Europe, A&C Black, 1977

Brian Perren, TGV Handbook, Capital Transport, 1998

Albert Schram, Railways and the Formation of the Italian State in the Nineteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, 1977

Christine Sutherland, The Princess of Siberia,

Methuen, 1984

Various authors, Histoire du Réseau Ferroviaire Français, Editions de l’Ormet, 1996

Various authors, ICE: High-Tech on Wheels,

Hestra-Verlag, 1991

Arthur J. Veenendaal, Railways in the Netherlands: A Brief History, 1834–1994, Stanford University Press, 2001


Dee Brown, Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: Railroads in the West, Touchstone, 1977

David Cruise and Alison Griffiths, Lords of the Line: The Men Who Built the Canadian Pacific Railway, Viking, 1988

Brian Fawcett, Railways of the Andes, Plateway Press, 1997

Sarah H. Gordon. Passage to Union: How the Railroads Transformed American Life, 1829–1929, Elephant Paperbacks, 1997

George W. Hilton and John F. Due, The Electric Interurban Railways in America, Stanford University Press, 1960

Stewart H. Holbrook, The Story of American Railroads, Bonanza Books, 1947

Theodore Kornweibel Jr, Railroads in the African American Experience, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010

Oscar Lewis, The Big Four, Alfred A. Knopf, 1938

Albro Martin, Railroads Triumphant, Oxford University Press, 1992

Nick and Helma Mika, The Railways of Canada: A Pictorial History, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1972

O.S. Nock, Railways of Canada, A&C Black, 1973

Andrew Roden, Great Western Railway: A History, Aurum, 2010

David Rollinson, Railways of the Caribbean, Macmillan, 2001

D. Trevor Rowe, The Railways of South America, Locomotives International, 2000

John F. Stover, American Railroads, University of Chicago Press, 1961

Richard White, The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America, Norton, 2011

Oscar Zanetti and Alejandra García, Sugar and Railroads: A Cuban History, 1837–1959, University of North Carolina Press, 1998


Ralph William Huenemann, The Dragon and the Iron Horse: The Economics of Railroads in China, 1876–1937, Harvard University Press, 1984

Robert Hardie, The Burma Siam Railway, Quadrant Books, 1984

Ian J. Kerr, Engines of Change: The Railways that Made India, Praeger, 2007

Ian J. Kerr, Building the Railways of the Raj, 1850–1900, Oxford University Press, 1995

Abrahm Lustgarten, China’s Great Train: Beijing’s Drive West and the Campaign to Remake Tibet, Henry Holt, 2008

Deborah Manley, ed, The Trans-Siberian Railway: A Traveller’s Anthology, Century Hutchinson, 1987

Steven G. Marks, Road to Power: The Trans-Siberian Railroad and the Colonization of Asian Russia, 1850–1917, Cornell University Press, 1991

James Nicholson, The Hejaz Railway, Stacey International, 2005

O.S. Nock, Railways of Asia and the Far East, A&C Black, 1978

Peter Semmens, High Speed in Japan, Platform 5, 2000

Roopa Srinivasan, Manish Tiwari, and Sandeep Silas, Our Indian Railway, Foundation Books, 2006

Shoji Sumita Success Story, the privatisation of Japanese National Railways, Profile Books, 2000

John Tickner, Gordon Edgar, and Adrian Freeman, China: The World’s Last Steam Railway, Artists’ and Photographers’ Press, 2008

Harmon Tupper, To the Great Ocean, Secker & Warburg, 1965

K.R. Vaidyanathan, 150 Glorious Years of Indian Railways, English Edition Publishers, 2003

Christopher J. Ward, Brezhnev’s Folly: The Building of the BAM and Late Soviet Socialism, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009

Various authors, Guide to the Great Siberian Railway, 1900, David & Charles reprints, 1971


John Day, Railways of South Africa, Arthur Barker, 1963

M.F. Hill, The Permanent Way: The Story of the Tanganyika Railways, East African Railways and Harbours, 1958

George Tabor, Cape to Cairo, Genta, 2003


Neill Atkinson, Trainland, Random House, 2007

Tim Fischer, Transcontinental Train Journey, Allen & Unwin, 2004

C.C. Singleton and David Burke, Railways of Australia, Angus & Robertson, 1963

Patsy Adam Smith, The Desert Railway, Rigby 1974

Patsy Adam Smith, Romance of Australian Railways, Rigby, 1973

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