100 Years Of Railways
Photographs: 300 photographs
The railway system in Britain is the oldest in the world,beginning in 1825 with the first locomotive hauled public railway,and culminating in a network of more than 10,000 miles of track by2000 and a high-speed rail link to continental Europe via theChannel Tunnel. This book traces rail transport from the crampedcarriages hauled by dirty steam locomotives to streamlinedair-conditioned trains. It charts the growth of private locallines, their amalgamation, the introduction of diesel and electricrolling stock, competition from road transport and the closure ofbranch lines and freight depots in the 1960s, throughnationalization, privatization and the remedial work to restore therailways as efficient, cost effective transport for the 21stcentury.ISBN13: 9781906672522
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