The Wood for the Trees
One Man's Long View of Nature
In 2011, the scientist Richard Fortey bought four acres of beech woodland in the Oxfordshire Chilterns. His month-by-month account of a year in the woods begins with the appearance of bluebells in April and ends as nature springs back to life in March. In between, he recounts tree-felling in January, moth-hunting in June, explains the complex network of plant and animal life that sustains the wood, and offers recipes for wild mushrooms and other delicacies foraged from the undergrowth. American-cut pages.
Early Japanese Railways, 1853–1914
Engineering Triumphs that Transformed Meiji-era Japan
Illustrated with a remarkable collection of maps, old photographs, paintings and woodblock prints, this history of the early railways in Japan also illuminates the country's social and cultural history during the 19th and early 20th centuries. After describing Japan in its isolation from the West before 1853, Dan Free traces in detail the introduction of railway technology and the growth of the network up to nationalization in 1912–14. Finally the appendices list railway companies, their locomotives, liveries and crests (shamon).
Its History and Architecture
Paddington Station in London is one of Britain's most splendid and historically significant railway termini, as the home and headquarters of the Great Western Railway, and as one of the masterpieces of its chief engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This comprehensive history of the station and related buildings and structures, first published in 2004, has been updated to include details of the recently discovered Bishop's Road Canal Bridge – probably Brunel's first cast iron bridge. Second edition.
The West the Railroads Made
The construction of railways across the open plains of North America transformed the nation, setting up rivalries between gateway cities such as St Louis and Chicago, rapidly growing the settlements of the west coast such as Los Angeles and Seattle and transforming much of the territory in between. This analysis of how railways shaped the American West draws on the archives of the University of Missouri's Barriger Railroad Library and is illustrated with contemporary maps, archive photographs and period ephemera.