Saturday, March 11, 2006

Dow's Dictionary of Railway Quotations


On 24 March [2006] the Johns Hopkins University Press will publish "Dow's Dictionary of Railway Quotations." ...

The book has been over eight years in the making, and the assistance of some members of RLHS has been sought and generously given. It contains nearly 3,500 quotations, from 1610 to 2004, and from about 1,400 people who have said or written memorable things about railroads in America, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and many other countries. For easy reference, the text is divided by subject headings, of which there are nearly 800. ...

—Andrew Dow

[from the R&LHS Newsgroup.]

Editorial Reviews from

"How we ever managed to understand the depth and breadth of railways before this book came along I'll never know. I recommend it to all who love railways – and even those who don't." —Sir William McAlpine, Bt.

"An enduring tribute to the railway authors of the past and to the men who so gallantly operated the trains." —John H. White, Jr., former curator of transportation, National Museum of American History, author of The American Railroad Passenger Car, The American Railroad Freight Car, and American Locomotives

Book Description

Dow's Dictionary of Railway Quotations is an authoritative compendium of quotations about railways from 1608 to the present day. More than 3,400 entries are drawn from over 1,300 writers and speakers and a wide range of original sources both British and American – Acts of Parliament, poetry, songs, journals, advertisements, obituaries, novels, histories, plays, films, office memoranda, speeches, newspapers, television and radio broadcasts, and private documents and conversations.

Here Andrew Dow records remarkable, memorable words – from the well-known to the abstruse, from the commonplace to the vital. The selected quotations are arranged by subject matter and searchable by speaker, subject, and keyword.

Dow's Dictionary will inform and captivate railway enthusiasts along with readers interested in railway architecture, engineering, geography, and history.

About the Author

Andrew Dow was born into a railway family, in Hitchin, England, where his parents worked at the wartime headquarters of the London & North Eastern Railway. He spent thirty years in the aviation industry before being appointed Head of the National Railway Museum in York in 1992. He is the author of Norfolk & Western Coal Cars (TLC, 1998) and Telling the Passenger Where to Get Off (Capital Transport, 2005). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, President of the Stephenson Locomotive Society, and vice chairman of the Gresley Society.