Thomas The Tank Engine, 1945 onwards (all aboard) Owners’ Workshop Manual

B1675

At a time when schools try to avoid anything taxing, or fact-based, and computer games concentrate on speed of reaction, books like this are very welcome ways of helping the young develop a thirst for knowledge and a familiarity with printed books. Its also great fun, easy for a child to read, or for an adult to entertain a younger child, and makes a great present.

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NAME: Thomas The Tank Engine, 1945 onwards (all aboard) Owners' Workshop Manual
CLASSIFICATION: Book reviews
FILE: R1675
Date: 031011
AUTHOR: Chris Oxlade
PUBLISHER: Haynes Publishing
BINDING: Hard back
PAGES: 39
PRICE: £9.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: steam, engines, railtrack, technology, reproduction, feeder lines, main lines,
ISBN: 978-1-84425-835-2
IMAGE: B1675
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DESCRIPTION: Thomas The Tank Engine is an engaging and durable entertainment for the young. Whatever the trends in railways, the original stories have continued to entertain new generations of readers, although political correctness has been insidiously creeping in. This new manual from Haynes has avoided the urge to politicise the popular tales, the Fat Controller is still fat. At first glance, this is a tongue-in-cheek manual with its colourful pages set out to engage the young reader, but it is also a more serious book, introducing the young to facts and technology. The workings of a steam locomotive are very clearly explained, as are the controls. The work of maintaining a steam engine is shown, together with the improvement of engines that contained design weaknesses. Different types of locomotive are shown in colourful drawings that show the internal workings. A set of drawings shows the stages of assembling a locomotive and a diesel shunting engine is described. To complement the railway story, a steam traction engine is shown and a helicopter, together with cranes and diggers. The important components of rail track are shown and described, together with signals. A brief history of rail is included, a map of the island of Sodor is shown and there is a colourful glossary. All in all the manual is just right to fire the imagination of the young and gently introduce then to some serious subjects in a very helpful manner. At a time when schools try to avoid anything taxing, or fact-based, and computer games concentrate on speed of reaction, books like this are very welcome ways of helping the young develop a thirst for knowledge and a familiarity with printed books. Its also great fun, easy for a child to read, or for an adult to entertain a younger child, and makes a great present.

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