How do smooth wheels grip smooth rails? Why don't locomotive boilers explode? What is a slip coach? What are the wrong kind of leaves on the track? At which station could you buy your ticket from a booth in a tree? Why are railway tracks laid on small stones? How can a railway wagon be moved when no locomotive is available? Why was it it so difficult to purchase a railway ticket at Crewe? Colin Maggs, Britain's leading railway historian and author of over one hundred books on the subject, has assembled a truly fascinating collection of quirky facts, unbelievable stories and staggering statistics about Britain's glorious railways from their earliest origins to the present day.
Colin Maggs is one of the country's foremost railway historians who in 1993 received an MBE for services to railway history. He is the author of over one hundred railway books, including A HISTORY OF THE GWR ('Thoroughly researched and well written' BBC WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MAGAZINE), the Amberley bestseller, THE TRAIN DRIVERS' MANUAL and STEAM TRAINS: THE MAGNIFICENT HISTORY OF BRITAIN'S LOCOMOTIVES FROM STEPHENSON'S ROCKET TO BR'S EVENING STAR. He lives in Bath.