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The railway system in Britain is the oldest in the world, beginningin 1825 with the first locomotive hauled public railway andculminating in a network of more than 10,000 miles of track by 2000and a high-speed rail link to continental Europe via the ChannelTunnel. This book traces rail transport from the cramped carriageshauled by dirty steam locomotives to streamlined air-conditionedtrains. It charts the growth of private local lines, theiramalgamation, the introduction of diesel and electric rollingstock, competition from road transport and the closure of branchlines and freight depots in the 1960s, through nationalization,privatization and the remedial work to restore the railways asefficient, cost effective transport for the 21st century.
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