Trains! (Step into Reading)
Susan E Goodman
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A Step 3 reader introducing trains of all shapes and sizes doing what they do best: hauling freight, carrying passengers, and zooming at speeds close to 400 miles per hour! Readers will encounter the Jacobite—a Scottish train that plays the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. They will learn about the great steam locomotives that crossed the United States, joining east and west in 1869. And they will learn about the different technologies—steam, diesel, electric, and electromagnetic—that continue to make trains an important part of our modern world. Illustrated with full color and black & white photos.
Step 3 readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics—for children who are ready to read on their own.
Acknowledgments: Thanks to designers Francisco Lupin and Priestmangoode for their incredible designs for future trains, Chris Whitten of Interesting.com for the old-time train illustration, Ghislain Gerard for access to his extensive archive of train pictures, the Canadian Pacific Railway for its excellent photo archive, and Jennifer Jo and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. And, finally, thanks to Georgia for putting up with having her picture taken so many times in a small sleeping
car, coming home from Chicago. Text copyright � 2012 by Susan E. Goodman Interior photographs, except where otherwise credited, copyright � 2012 by Michael J. Doolittle All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. Step into Reading, Random House, and the Random House colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc. Visit us on the Web! StepIntoReading.com randomhouse.com/kids Educators and
or underground. Look up! A train could be overhead. Monorails do not use tracks. They run on just one rail. Rubber tires supply a quiet ride. And you get a great view! Want another great view? Ride a funicular railway. It goes up and down steep hills. A funicular has two tracks. It has one car on each of them. They are joined by a cable. The cable pulls one car uphill as it pulls the other down. Fast and Faster Long ago trains used to be the fastest way to travel. Now we have
Diesels are cheaper to run than steam engines. They do not need as much repair. We still use diesel engines today. Pulling Weight, Pulling Freight Freight trains carry huge loads. They can have over two hundred cars! They can be two miles long! Long trains need more than one engine to pull them. Trains are great for hauling things. They use less fuel than trucks. They create less pollution. Trains crisscross the United States all day long. They haul almost half its cargo. They
even carry trucks filled with freight! A truck reaches its stop. Then it drives off and delivers its goods. Freight trains stop in rail yards along their route. They pick up new cars. They leave other ones behind. Some cars get unloaded there. Some cars link with new trains to get to their last stop. Freight is often carried in big boxes called containers. They are lifted onto flatcars. Flatcars carry lots of cargo. They haul anything that can get wet if it rains or snows. Even