The Iron Road (Hardcover)

An Illustrated History of the Railroad

By Christian Wolmar

DK, 9781465419538, 400pp.

Publication Date: April 21, 2014

List Price: 30.00*
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Written by Christian Wolmar, author of the critically acclaimed The Great Railroad Revolution, The Iron Road is a richly illustrated account of the rise of the rails across the world.

From the historic moment in September 1830 when the first train ran between Liverpool and Manchester, to the high speed trains bulleting across Asia and Europe, The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad looks at how railroads have changed the world.

Photographs, maps, paintings, and illustrations bring events and locations to life, adding a unique visual quality to the stories of great invention, feats of mind-boggling engineering, groundbreaking changes in trade and commerce, and tales of adventurers, visionaries, and rogues.

The Iron Road is the third title in DK's successful illustrated histories format, which combines text-rich narratives with beautiful visual design.

About the Author

Christian Wolmar is an author, journalist, historian, and politician based in London. The author of several books on the history of the railway, including The Subterranean Railway, Fire and Steam, The Great Railway Revolution, and The Iron Road, his writing has also appeared in The Observer, The Independent, and RAIL magazine. He is active in London politics and ran for London mayor in 2016.

Praise For The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad

"[The Iron Road is a] valuable resource for younger researchers meeting social studies, science, and informational text Common Core standards." – VOYA Magazine (Voice of Youth Advocates)