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Part 50

Part 50, the final part of Railway Wonders of the World, was published on Friday 10th January 1936.

This was the only issue not to include any extra illustrations such as a colour plate, art plate or photogravure supplement. The majority of this issue was devoted to the index for the entire series.

The Cover

The cover was a composite design from part 4 with the cover of the first part of the new part work Shipping Wonders of the World superimposed.

cover part 50 Railway Wonders of the World

Cross-Country Routes (Part 2)

Concluded from part 49.

(Page 1573)

The Index

The index covered pages 1582-1604 and completed Volume 2 and the entire work. The first

page of the index listed all the photogravure supplements, art plates and colour plates. This list of illustrations is also reproduced elsewhere on this site.

The second page listed all the maps and diagrams accompanying the articles. The main A to Z section was the third and final part, covering pages 1584-1604. The first two pages of the index are reproduced below, but not the main A to Z sequence since the search option (at the top of each webpage) and contents page enables items of interest to be located more easily.

(Pages 1582-1604)

Dwarfing the Driver

DWARFING THE DRIVER. This is the huge engine cab of a German streamlined locomotive designed to haul a load of 256 tons at over 100 miles an hour. All the latest developments in locomotive streamlining have been embodied. The metal casing reaches practically down to rail-level. The bottle-shaped containers beneath the gauges are oil-indicators which enable the driver to see that lubricant is being properly distributed.

(Page 1580)

French Heavy Freight Locomotive

FOR HEAVY FREIGHT SERVICE ON FRENCH LINES. This 2-10-2 four-cylinder compound, built for the PLM in 1932, has the second and third pairs of coupled wheels connected by coupling rods working between the frames on cranked axles. The high-pressure cylinders measure 19 in by 25 in, and the low-pressure cylinders 29¼ in by 27½ in. The total heating surface is 3,662 sq ft, the grate area 54 sq ft, and the diameter of the driving wheels 4 ft 11 in. Engine and tender weigh 183 tons.

(Page 1574)

Shipping Wonders of the World

The index also included a four-page insert advertising the new part work published by the Amalgamated Press from Friday 31st January 1936. A page from this insert is reproduced below. Interested readers wanting to learn more about this series should visit the Shipping Wonders of the World website to find out more.

Contents of Part 50

Cross-Country Routes (Part 2)

Continental Locomotives


Shipping Wonders of the World

Chester Station

CHESTER STATION, on the route of the "Irish Mail" from London to Holyhead, is served also by a cross-country express that runs on the Great Western and Southern Railways from Birkenhead (Cheshire) to Southampton and Bournemouth, and by another from Birkenhead to seaside resorts on the Kent and Sussex coasts. These trains run via Shrewsbury, Birmingham, and Oxford.

(Page 1573)

Continental Locomotives

This chapter, the final in the work, deals with the modern locomotives in France and Germany, describing some of the most powerful and efficient railway engines yet built. French engines have a reputation for their reliability and sustained high speeds, and justly so. Dr Schmidt, to whom the world owes so much for the development of locomotive superheating, has carried out many remarkable experiments in Germany, and the German railway engine of to-day is truly noteworthy - the world’s highest speed record for steam is at present held by Germany.

(Pages 1574-1581)

Chester StationFrench Heavy Freight LocomotiveThe huge engine cab of a German streamlined locomotive