Superpower: The Making of a Steam Locomotive

Superpower The Making of a Steam Locomotive Superpower tells with beauty and precision how the most powerful steam engine train every made was designed and built in the s Ben is just eighteen when one day in he goes to work with his

  • Title: Superpower: The Making of a Steam Locomotive
  • Author: David Weitzman
  • ISBN: 9780879236717
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Superpower tells with beauty and precision how the most powerful steam engine train every made was designed and built in the 1920s.Ben is just eighteen when one day, in 1925, he goes to work with his father and grandfather at the Loco in Lima, Ohio But he is soon caught up in a marvelous adventure the building of a new locomotive, the first Berkshire, one of the most poSuperpower tells with beauty and precision how the most powerful steam engine train every made was designed and built in the 1920s.Ben is just eighteen when one day, in 1925, he goes to work with his father and grandfather at the Loco in Lima, Ohio But he is soon caught up in a marvelous adventure the building of a new locomotive, the first Berkshire, one of the most powerful and efficient ever.The apprentice meets engineer Will Woodard, who explains the dilemmas and niceties of locomotive design In the pattern shop, Ben see Woodard s blueprints turned into finely crafted wooden pattern for castings of iron and steel From Marko Ukropina, an old country foundryman, Ben learns the secrets of pouring the massive frames and to be careful around white hot steel He follows the rough castings to the machine shop, where they are planed smooth and true In the forge, Ben joins a team of hammermen wrestling a glowing steel ingot under the ground shaking steam hammer three stories tall and realizes why only the biggest and brawniest men work here.Superpower chronicles the building of a steam locomotive in meticulous detail But there is here it is also the story of working men, many of them immigrants from all over Europe It recalls a time when family members worked together, and when pride in craftsmanship was intrinsic to American life Based on oral histories of Lima s workers and their families, Superpower is, most of all, a story of America at work.

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    1. I happened across this book while wandering the shelves at my local library. At first glance, it reminded me of the excellent series of books by David Macaulay, incorporating multiple line drawings and discussing the construction of a large steam locomotive.The book was written as a narrative, following young Ben as he starts his job at "the Loco", where train engines are made back in the 1920's. Following in his father's footsteps, Ben begins work as a helper, assisting one of the chief technic [...]

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