Speed on steel wheels has fascinated engineers for nearly two centuries, and a string of stunning records in the last twenty-five years has pushed railway engineering towards new frontiers.
Japan - pioneer of high-speed train technology - set the precedent with its legendary bullet trains in 1964; since then a dozen countries have joined the high-speed revolution.
Today, China is setting the pace as it crafts a nationwide network of super-railways, and Morocco and Saudi Arabia are on the cusp of launching trains that travel at 300km/h.
The USA lags far behind, outpaced by Asia and Western Europe, where Eurostar links London to the international high-speed network - although a new-generation railway to northern England is still missing.
Here is the full story of high-speed trains, retold in a journey across countries and continents.
The Second Age of Rail is railway history in the making.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages, 165 Illustrations, color
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/07/2015
- Category: Railway transport industries
- ISBN: 9780750961455