Take a trip through the history of trains to discover how they have revolutionized not only travel but also our world. Discover how the vision of George Stephenson, the “father of the railroad,” materialized into an age of steam around the world. Study the cut-out of a locomotive to understand how the movement of the piston turns the wheels. Learn how the American railroad contributed to the development and progress in the US and facilitated the spread of population to previously isolated areas. Discover how the electric and diesel power provided more speed and efficiency. And then take a glimpse into the future to see how trains may keep transforming how we commute! DK Eyewitness Trains goes beyond the trains and tracks to also talk about systems and people that make train operations possible. It also identifies some of the iconic train journeys from around the world. A timeline lists all the important “firsts” in the history of trains and railroads. The book combines informative text and eye-catching visuals in a spectacular design to present comprehensive information about trains.