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Fire And Steam

Author : Christian Wolmar
ISBN : 9781848872615
Genre : History
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The opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways' vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide network to emerge. From the early days of steam to electrification, via the railways' magnificent contribution in two world wars, the chequered history of British Rail, and the buoyant future of the train, Fire and Steam examines the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.

Off The Rails

Author : Andrew Murray
ISBN : 1859846408
Genre : Political Science
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A damning indictment of the chaos on the British railways.

Railways In Britain And The United States 1830 1940

Author : Geoffrey Channon
ISBN : UCSC:32106016265305
Genre : History
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This approach is that of a business and economic historian who is interested in issues of organization, management and corporate strategy, as well as in the men who ran these giant enterprises and the workers they employed. The book is presented as a series of case studies and focussed essays. It is concerned with many of the broader perspectives and issues of business history such as the Chandler thesis; the debate about ownerhsip, management and control in large enterprises; the social origins and careers of business leaders; the relationship between big businesses and government; the nature of technological change; and the rhetoric and reality of corporate culture. The British and American experiences are compared and contrasted. The book draws on diverse archival materials from both sides of the Atlantic, and is a distinctive and valuable contribution to railway and business history.

The Railways Of Britain

Author : Jack Simmons
ISBN : UCAL:B3866500
Genre : Railroads
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The Railway

Author : Andrew Dow
ISBN : 9781473822573
Genre : Transportation
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Never before has a comprehensive history been written of the track used by railways of all gauges, tramways, and cliff railways, in Great Britain. And yet it was the development of track, every bit as much as the development of the locomotive, that has allowed our railways to provide an extraordinarily wide range of services. Without the track of today, with its laser-guided maintenance machines, the TGV and the Eurostar could not cruise smoothly at 272 feet per second, nor could 2,000-ton freight trains carry a wide range of materials, or suburban railways, over and under the ground, serve our great cities in a way that roads never could. ??Andrew Dow's account of the development of track, involving deep research in the papers of professional institutions as well as rare books, company records and personal accounts, paints a vivid picture of development from primitive beginnings to modernity. ??The book contains nearly 200 specially-commissioned drawings as well as many photographs of track in its very many forms since the appearance of the steam locomotive in 1804. Included are chapters on electrified railways, and on the development of mechanised maintenance, which revolutionised the world of the platelayer.

The Railways

Author : Simon Bradley
ISBN : 9781847653529
Genre : Transportation
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Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2015 Currently filming for BBC programme Full Steam Ahead Britain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions, the network also exerts a fascination all its own. From the classical grandeur of Newcastle station to the ceaseless traffic of Clapham Junction, from the mysteries of Brunel's atmospheric railway to the lost routines of the great marshalling yards, Simon Bradley explores the world of Britain's railways, the evolution of the trains, and the changing experiences of passengers and workers. The Victorians' private compartments, railway rugs and footwarmers have made way for air-conditioned carriages with airline-type seating, but the railways remain a giant and diverse anthology of structures from every period, and parts of the system are the oldest in the world. Using fresh research, keen observation and a wealth of cultural references, Bradley weaves from this network a remarkable story of technological achievement, of architecture and engineering, of shifting social classes and gender relations, of safety and crime, of tourism and the changing world of work. The Railways shows us that to travel through Britain by train is to journey through time as well as space.

An Historical Geography Of Railways In Great Britain And Ireland

Author : David Turnock
ISBN : STANFORD:36105023159168
Genre : Transportation
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Although a great deal has been published on the economic, social and engineering history of nineteenth-century railways, the work of historical geographers has been much less conspicuous. This overview by David Turnock goes a long way towards restoring the balance. It details every important aspect of the railway's influence on spatial distribution of economic and social change, providing a full account of the nineteenth-century geography of the British Isles seen in the context of the railway. The book reviews and explains the shape of the developing railway network, beginning with the pre-steam railways and connections between existing road and water communications and the new rail lines. The author also discusses the impact of the railways on the patterns of industrial, urban and rural change throughout the century. Throughout, the historical geography of Ireland is treated in equal detail to that of Great Britain.

British Rail 1974 1997

Author : Terence Richard Gourvish
ISBN : 0199269092
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book, written by Britain's leading railway historian, provides an authoritative account of the progress made by British Rail prior to privatisation and a unique insight into its difficult role in the government's privatisation planning from 1989. Based on privileged access to the British Railway Board's rich archives, Terry Gourvish presents a comprehensive analysis which traces the external pressures on British Rail and its own changing internal organization between 1974 and 1997.

Railways And Culture In Britain

Author : Ian Carter
ISBN : 0719059666
Genre : History
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The 19th-century steam railway epitomized modernity's relentlessly onrushing advance. Ian Carter delves into the cultural impact of the train. Why, for example, did Britain possess no great railway novel? He compares fiction and images by canonical British figures (Turner, Dickens, Arnold Bennett) with selected French and Russian competitors: Tolstoy, Zola, Monet, Manet. He argues that while high cultural work on the British steam railway is thin, British popular culture did not ignore it. Detailed discussions of comic fiction, crime fiction, and cartoons reveal a popular fascination with railways tumbling from vast (and hitherto unexplored) stores of critically overlooked genres.

Railwaymen Politics And Money

Author : Adrian Vaughan
ISBN : STANFORD:36105022782713
Genre : History
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As well as covering the first train systems, such as the donkey-hauled Surrey Iron Railway which led the Stockton & Darlington of 1825, this work also shows why the railways began, free markets of transport open to all who would pay a toll. Parliament wanted to maximise competition, though.

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