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The Steam Engineer’s Handbook: A Convenient Reference Book, for All Persons Interested in Steam Boilers, Steam Engines, Steam Turbines, and the … Machinery of Power Plants

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?The Steam Engineer’s Handbook is volume that began for tradesmen in the early 20th century. Small, straightforward and satisfactory to requirements. It begins with practical mathematical guidance which could benefit any elementary student of applied mathematics. Volumes of cylinders, cubes and oblongs and equations for the measurement of pressure within a pipe or boiler. The contents hardly stop there however, and the reader can expect a practical guide to releva… More >>

The Steam Engineer’s Handbook: A Convenient Reference Book, for All Persons Interested in Steam Boilers, Steam Engines, Steam Turbines, and the … Machinery of Power Plants

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Steam Train, Dream Train Sound Book

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The New York Times bestselling team behind Steam Train, Dream Train returns with the sounds of a train headed off to dreamland! Lightly abridged and revised from the original text, this playful board book includes a sound bar with 5 sounds—whistle, chugga, hiss, giggle, yawn—that bring interactive fun to the setting of the hit picture book…. More >>

Steam Train, Dream Train Sound Book

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Train Art Print LOCOMOTIVE Train Steam Engine beautifully upcycled vintage dictionary page book art print

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This is an upcycled print printed on an old dictionary page. We take old books about to be destroyed and upcycle them in order to give them new life. The aging, slightly-yellowed page is carefully removed, and the image is printed directly on the recycled paper. The result is a unique and absolutely beautiful print suitable for framing. These prints are definite conversation-starters and look just gorgeous while hanging on the wall. The pages are approximately 8.5 x… More >>

Train Art Print LOCOMOTIVE Train Steam Engine beautifully upcycled vintage dictionary page book art print

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KWVR Old Photo book part 2

Looking back in time at KWVR

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Schuylkill’s fire history lights up in new book

Schuylkill’s fire history lights up in new book
Local firefighters are the stuff of legend, but for a true account, look to the latest book by Schuylkill County residents Michael R. Glore and Michael J. Kitsock.”Schuylkill County Firefighting” is the duo’s third foray into the publishing world on the

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Book hotel accommodation, holiday homes or holiday cottages in advance: Get the most out of your

No matter when and where you are going for holidays, it is very important to plan things in advance. Planning ensures that you get the most out of your time and money. Making travel arrangements, finding and booking accommodation, making arrangements for food, leisure and entertainment are some of the things you may do before you set out on your holidays.

However, things are not as easy as they sound. You would have to spend a good amount of time searching for various accommodation and leisure and entertainment options available at the place you are visiting. And then you would choose the one that best meets your holiday needs and budget.

But if you are going on holidays to Argyll, Scotland, things can be really easy for you. Argyll Holidays offers you a wide range of accommodation options, including hotel accommodation, holiday homes, holiday cottages, holiday lodges, caravans, and individual properties to choose from.

For hotel accommodation, Argyll holidays offers Lochgoilhead Hotel and Drimsynie House Hotel. Both these hotels are located within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. In addition to enjoying picturesque landscapes, you can enjoy several amenities like rooms with en-suite and shower, tea/coffee facilities, TV, kitchen with microwave, free Wi-Fi, and lot more. There are also restaurants, bar, and lounge area.

The hotel accommodation in Argyll also provides wonderful leisure and entertainment options. There is Drimsynie Estate leisure centre (it is only 1 mile from the Lochgoilhead hotel) that has swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, and steam room, gym and fitness centre. You can also enjoy other leisure activities like curling, ice skating and pool, snooker, indoor bowling at the leisure centre.

And if you are looking for self-catering holidays, Argyll Holidays offers you holiday homes and holiday cottages at great locations in Argyll. There are holiday cottages in Loch Eck, a beautiful deep water Loch in Argyll that would enhance your holiday experience by letting you experience exciting fresh water sports.

Holiday homes are located in several caravan parks like Stratheck Holiday Park by Loch Eck, Loch Awe Caravan Park, Bridge of Awe, Argyll, St. Catherine’s Caravan Park, Loch Fyne, and Hunters Quay holiday village by Dunoon.

To know in detail about hotel accommodation, holiday homes, and holiday cottages, you can visit The website would not only provide you comprehensive details regarding accommodation in Argyll, but also let you make online bookings.

Argyll Holidays provides online booking system to help travellers make bookings in hotels, holiday homes, and holiday cottages right from the comfort of their homes.

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Getting Started with Lego Trains book review

More than just a guide, author McKee takes readers to the world of advanced LEGO building and the culture of model railroading. Sometimes the lingo takes a wacky turn: How could a model be built with SNOT? Connect the LEGO bricks in unorthodox ways to have Studs Not On Top, or SNOT, perfect for advanced constructions. What about the chapter on reefer? That’s the refrigerated rail car model, the type of train car called a reefer by model builders and train buffs in the know.

Interviews with expert builders and a section on advanced track layouts are sure to inspire the master builder and budding train enthusiast alike. With this book, newbies and old pros all have something in common – a great book to help them grow with their hobby. As author McKee explains, “LEGO trains are the ‘hub of the spoke,’ so to speak. LEGO trains are what bond a LEGO universe together. Once you set up your first starter train set, you want more track. More track leads to more train cars. More cars leads to city. City leads to airports. Then space, then …”

Background to the Book

Since the first steam engine ran in the early 1800s, kids and adults around the world have been fascinated. Trains, then as now, hold a special appeal to many, and over the decades thousands of train models and toys have been created. Model railroads built by kids and adults alike have a long and rich history.

The model railroad community consists of literally hundreds of thousands of fans of the railroad industry, especially those who enjoy building model railroads and running their trains throughout their house. Many readers may have had experience with HO or N scale trains, but they may have not had much experience with LEGO trains. Perhaps these fans have had experience with other LEGO kits and models, but with LEGO trains you have the chance to build scale model trains that actually run at your command!

Why Build Trains With LEGO Parts?

LEGO trains are built with only LEGO elements, so the train designs are close approximations of the real-life design. Because of this, LEGO trains require a whole new way of looking at the train design process.

In addition, with LEGO parts, you can use and reuse these parts over and over and over again, assuming of course you can bring yourself to take apart some of your creations. With other railroading materials, over time you usually have to continually purchase and repurchase expendable resources, such as paints, sheet plastic, hobby wood, and so forth.

Because of the re-useability and non-specific scale of LEGO trains, it is possible to build all kinds of creations and train layouts. One week, you can build 6-stud-wide hopper cars, and the next week 8-stud-wide circus trains.

Note that common LEGO train widths are 6 studs and 8 studs, though all official LEGO train models are 6 wide. A few builders even build 12 or 14 studs wide!

LEGO Trains Development

LEGO trains had their beginning in 1965, when LEGO released the first LEGO train set – a push locomotive that ran on popular LEGO wheels and did not include track. This locomotive was not powered, and in 1966, this push train was replaced with a powered version.

The original LEGO track was plastic and was held together with special 2×8 plates. The gauge, or distance between the rails, was six studs (1.5 inches, or 38 mm). The gauge was determined by the width of the wheels mounted on the ends of one 2×4 brick.

The powered trains have been going strong since 1966, and have included not one by three separate systems of train tracks and sets, each defined by their voltage requirements.

The first powered LEGO train was in the 4.5 volt range, and the set used the standard LEGO motor, with power coming from batteries in a car directly behind the locomotive (motor).

Building on the success of the 4.5 volt line, a 12 volt line was introduced shortly after. Like Lionel trains, the 12 volt system used a “third rail,” a rail down the center of the track, which in this case was actually two smaller rails, to feed power to the motor, rather than using batteries. This third rail was available separately, which allowed older batter-powered layouts to be upgraded to the 12 volt system.

The 9 volt system was introduced in 1991 and is still in production today. This line introduced stability and ease of use to the LEGO train line. The 9 volt motors are a major leap forward because of the improved design and because the metal wheels on the specially designed train motors safely pull power directly from the metal rails. These wheels have minimal friction on the axle, rubber rims that help grip the rails, and a brilliant system of rubber bands that constantly push the metal wheels against the track for good contact.

The 9 volt line also introduced the new track system – straight, curved, crossover, and switch tracks that include both the two rails and the ties in one-piece track modules.

In author McKee’s book, he focuses entirely on the 9 volt line.


Author McKee starts out with a marvelous chapter on the fundamentals of building a LEGO train. The system is simple in design, and with his background, anyone will be up and running in no time.

He covers how to get one of your very own first LEGO train sets, and then describes the variety of LEGO train sets from which you can choose your first set. The LEGO company offers several great starter train sets, complete with all the components you need to create your first LEGO train layout. Everything you need to get started is in the box, so you will be up and running in no time.

He follows with a helpful chapter on the basics of building LEGO t rains, discussing and explaining how to use various LEGO train parts, including couplers, buffers, wheels, bogie plate, and train base plates.

Customized LEGO Trains You Will Build

Author McKee includes 3 chapters that thoroughly describe how to build three LEGO trains. These include a GP-38 locomotive, an old-style refrigerator car, and an intermodal container car. In each chapter, he explains the various types of LEGO train parts you will need, and the number of each of these pieces, and in an amazing array of 4-color, high-gloss diagrams, shows you each step of the design process. These layer by layer design steps follow the classic tradition of all LEGO building systems, with extensively detailed drawings of the parts used in each step with clear lines indicating where the parts are to be placed.

After obtaining the various LEGO train sets that contain the parts included in his three original designs, anyone can follow these easy instructions and build their very own working LEGO train. This fantastic one of a kind Train Guide is available while supplies last in our Catalogs and Books section of our website

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What was the name of the old Steam engine book?

I used to have this book about a little steam engine, it was an old old book, the ones with the gold coloured binding. Does anyone know the name?

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