Clive Gifford

Prepare to board! This fascinating new book from illustrator James Gulliver Hancock takes readers on a journey through the world of trains, taking them from the quickest to the longest, the oldest to the newest, through tunnels, across bridges, and up mountainsides. Along the way, they experience all of the aforementioned sights and more.

In this third installment of the How series, which follows How Cities Work and How Airports Work, young readers will embark on an adventure through time and space to discover everything they have ever wanted to know about trains. When the pages unfolded, and the flaps are lifted, you will see crowded train stations, historic steam locomotives fueled with coal, and high-speed trains racing across Japan at almost 400 miles per hour!

And that’s not the end of it. Discover how trains can climb to the top of mountains, carry people beneath cities, and even operate below the sea. And don’t forget to get dressed up—we’ll be taking you on some opulent trips, such as the Trans-Siberian Railway, which travels all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok, and The Ghan, which travels all the way across Australia!

How Trains Work is a book developed in collaboration with Anthony Coulls, the Senior Curator of Rail Transport and Technology at the National Railway Museum in the United Kingdom. This book is filled to the brim with incredible facts and illustrations.