SUPERPOWER: The Making of a Steam Locomotive by David Weitzman

SUPERPOWER: The Making of a Steam Locomotive

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From the author of Windmills, Bridges and Old Machines, another carefully researched, handsomely designed look at our vanishing industrial past. Eighteen-year-old Ben, newly hired to work at ""The Locomotive,"" the great construction works in Lima, Ohio, follows the design and assembly of a powerful new engine from blueprint to departure on a test run. Along the way, Ben speaks with workers, operates huge machines, and helps create for readers a sense of being in a place where hundreds of people work with care and pride toward a common goal. As in his other books, Weitzman describes tools, machinery, and procedures in a clear, accessible way; the text is punctuated with large, carefully detailed pen-and-ink drawings that sometimes dip annoyingly into the gutter or wrap around to the next spread, but successfully convey the entire project's look and grandeur. Affectionate guided tour through ""a fabulous toy shop.

Pub Date: Nov. 4th, 1987
Page count: 108pp
Publisher: Godine