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This page offers additional information about Railway Wonders of the World as a publishing project. It is intended as a short essay describing the work as a whole.
Railway Wonders of the World was published by the Amalgamated Press in 1935-
The series was launched at a good time for the British railway system, near its inter-
Railway Wonders of the World consists of 50 weekly parts, price 7d. The first issue, which appeared on 1st February 1935, was of 36 pages; all the others were 32 pages. The part work was designed to be bound in two volumes comprising issues 1-
Part 1 was a “bumper” issue offering 36 pages along with a colour plate featuring a cut-
Most other issues fell into a sequence of colour plate, black and white plate, and photogravure supplement, particularly following part 3. However the sequence is occasionally broken, although not from part 16 onwards.
Only part 50 appeared without any form of supplement. This is almost certainly because it was the final issue, largely comprising the index to the whole work.
One oddity -
Although much of the first issue was biased to the British railway scene, the overall emphasis was international in scale and scope. Or, as Clarence Winchester declared in the editorial of the first issue “It will form the most comprehensive survey of railway accomplishment yet presented to the public”.
The tables of content reveal that volume 1 (parts 1-
As the series completed, a casebinding service was offered to readers. The style chosen became the Amalgamated Press “house style” of a lettered and illustrated spine, with a design impressed into the front cover with the title of the series.
For Railway Wonders of the World the standard casebinding offered was in red or maroon cloth. The spine included a head-
This was offered as a two-
The work was undoubtedly inspired by F. A. Talbot’s earlier work of the same title, originally published in fortnightly parts in 1912-
The success of Railway Wonders of the World led immediately to further series published by the Amalgamated Press under the editorship of Clarence Winchester. You can read more about these here.
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