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Part 18

Part 18 of Railway Wonders of the World was published on Friday 31st May 1935.

This issue contained a colour plate of a A Clear Road, featuring an unidentified SR “Atlantic” locomotive viewed from the cab. This plate was previously used as the cover for part 7. The colour plate was attached to page 557, or the fifth page of this number.

The Cover

The cover of this week’s issue of Railway Wonders of the World is a splendidly coloured picture of the Sestrieres Passenger Ropeway which runs from the Sestrieres Pass to Monte Sises (Italy). It was opened in December 1931, and can carry 480 passengers hourly.

The cover is one of the most unusual in the series, featuring a cable car rather than a more conventional locomotive or railway scene.

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Contents of Part 18


Milan Central Station (Part 2)

Concluded from part 17

(Pages 549-552)

A Scottish District Subway

A description of Glasgow’s unique underground railway. This subway was one of the pioneer underground railways in Britain. It forms a circular line six and a half miles long, and serves fifteen stations. For some years trains on this line were worked by cable haulage, but recently the subway has been electrified.

(Pages 553-556)

A Clear Road

A CLEAR ROAD. This picture, taken from the cab of a Southern Railway Atlantic locomotive

A CLEAR ROAD. This picture, taken from the cab of a Southern Railway “Atlantic” locomotive, shows a Victoria to Bognor Regis train passing Sutton, Surrey. These famous engines, of the 4-4-2 type, were introduced on the former London, Brighton and South Coast line in 1908.

This plate was previously used as the cover for part 7.

(Attached to page 557)

From Iron Ore to Steel Rail

How modern steel rails are manufactured. The chapter includes a description of the methods of iron refining, the chemical constituents, the rolling and the testing. The illustrations were specially taken at the works of the Lancashire Steel Corporation Ltd for Railway Wonders of the World. You can read more on Steel - From Ingot to Plate in Wonders of World Engineering.

(Pages 557-564)

Speed Trains of Java

An account of the railways of Java and the world's fastest narrow-gauge trains. Other points of interest include the fact that no trains operate at night, as many of the lines are unfenced and the track runs through tropical and volcanic areas. The railway is firmly established in this island; the State railways alone operate 1,800 miles. This chapter gives a comprehensive survey of the railway in Java, and includes details of its construction, its express routes, and the types of rolling-stock in use.

(Pages 565-568)

Automatic Safety

This chapter describes the systems of automatic train control on the Southern Railway and Great Western Railway. This chapter describes how passengers are protected from the dangers of fog, and different methods of automatic train control. On the Great Western, for example, a warning siren sounds in the driver’s cab, and brakes are partly applied, when the signal is against the train; if the line is clear, a bell rings. On some of the American lines miniature coloured light signals corresponding to those on the track appear automatically in the driver's cab. This is the third article in the series The Magic of Modern Signals

(pages 569-573)

Elevated and Mono-Railways

Lines that carry passengers above the congested city streets have often been suggested as a solution to the difficulties of transporting people during rush hours. Many cities have overhead lines, and this chapter describes those run above city streets in Germany, Liverpool and

New York.

(Pages 574-578)

Germany and Holland (Part 1)

The railway systems of two progressive countries. The article is completed in part 19.

(Pages 579-580)