Epic Adventures

£12.99

M.G. Leonard’s and Sam Sedgman’s Adventures on Trains‘ series is one of the most beloved that Bookwagon sells. It seems each new title is seized upon. However it was spun from the pair’s love of train travel. What’s more, Sam Sedgman’s love of rail emerged at an early age.

In Epic Adventures, the writer presents the history, origin, route and purpose of twelve magnificent rail journeys from around the world. Not only do we learn about the train and its passage, but we read anecdotal information, and then learn about the geography of the area in which we are travelling.

For example, when we step aboard the Shinkansen railway line that whizzes from Tokyo to Osaka, we are aboard one of ‘the busiest rail corridors in the world‘. We might taste delicious food in Osaka, or sight the ‘test track for the fastest train in the world’ when we pass Mount Fuji.

However, when we journey aboard the Trans-Siberian railway, we’re aboard a train that was once pulled by ‘decapods‘ so big that one was ‘so big it straightened the track‘! What’s more this railway line has been a major tool in battles, a ‘main highway‘ across this massive country.

Altogether, this is a magnificent and inspiring book that tells of histories, geography, engineering feat and individual countries and regions. Bookwagon is awed and fascinated by Epic Adventures. We recommend this book highly to readers at home and school.

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Description

Epic Adventures

Explore the World in 12 Amazing Train Journeys

Sam Sedgman, illustrated by Sam Brewster

(Pan Macmillan)– hardback

Sam Sedgman moves from the journeys he co-creates with M.G. Leonard such as Danger at Dead Man’s Pass with Epic Adventures. Like that book and his co-creations, this is centred on trains. However, this is a non-fiction title which examines twelve journeys from around the world. What’s more each journey seeks to explain seeks route’s origin, passage, passengers and purpose and then its history.
Therefore, we travel from the Eurostar which connects the United Kingdom to Amsterdam, for example. Alongside information about the journey, we read about the history of each city, and its country and then anecdotal facts. Further journeys include the from Dar Es Salaam to Capetown. Here we read how a shortage of water meant that engineers ‘used special ‘condensing’ boilers that recycled steam back into the’ engine water tank’. What’s more we learn how the passage of copper from landlocked Zambia inspired China to build the Tazara line.
Not only is the information fascinating- you can lose yourself in this book easily- but Sam Brewster’s illustrations reminiscent of classic Museum of Transport posters. Altogether, Epic Adventures is an outstanding book. Bookwagon imagines it being read together, kept and shared, gifted and treasured.

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