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Great Continental Railway Journeys

Great Continental Railway Journeys


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Description: All aboard and get ready to explore some of Europe's finest journeys by train in Great Continental Railway Journeys, a beautiful tie-in book to the hit BBC series presented by Michael Portillo. Lavishly illustrated, the book captures the beauty and excitement of journeying across the continent by train and also looks at the engineering feats which made the journeys possible and so famous. From London to Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Budapest and all the way down to Jerusalem, this is a celebration of both trains and the vibrancy of Europe.
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Author: Rt Hon Michael Portillo
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The 50 Greatest Train Journeys Of The World

The 50 Greatest Train Journeys Of The World


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Description: Travel writer Anthony Lambert showcases a diverse and exciting selection of train journeys that are just the ticket in this celebratory book. Carefully chosen and full of character, the journeys range from the Orient Express to the Trans- Siberian railway and also include those closer to home including one that travels through North Yorkshire's Esk Valley and the Inverness to Wick and Thurso route. An unmissable selection for any traveller who loves their journey as much as the destination, Lambert talks about each route's sublime scenery and history in detail.
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West Somerset Railway Guide Book

West Somerset Railway Guide Book


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Description: The West Somerset Railway is Britain's longest standard gauge heritage railway and carries more than 200,000 passengers per year, making it one of Somerset's most popular tourist attractions. Passenger trains run during most months of the year, with services from early February to early December. In addition to offering an 80-minute 'pink knuckle' ride through the Quantock Hills and along the Exmoor Coast, the Railway has also developed a number of combined packages with other local attractions including Dunster Castle and Hestercombe Gardens, as well as day trips around Exmoor and exploring the remains of the old West Somerset Mineral Railway. Here is the official West Somerset Railway Guide Book which is one of a set of three comprehensive books that Silver Link are pleased to produce for the railway. These beutifully illustrated, high quality full colour books, are of course not just to be enjoyed by those fortunate enough to visit the railway but make for interesting and informative arm chair reading. However once read a visit may well be placed on the agenda!
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West Somerset Railway Stock Book And Spotters Guide

West Somerset Railway Stock Book And Spotters Guide


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Description: Locomotives, coaching stock, goods wagons and other miscellaneous items resident on the railway, as at January 2016, are fully described. An effort has been made to present a reasonable up-to-date history and technical appraisal of all items in the collection wherever possible. With such a large operational railway, changes in the rolling stock register are frequent - new items arrive, while others depart, some are stored for overhaul, while others are restored to their former glory. Overall, the gains outweigh the losses, so for each edition of this publication my task has become just that little more involved. The efforts of the railway's staff - paid and volunteer alike - who restore and maintain the various items of rolling stock are very much in evidence, the standard achieved being a credit to their craftsmanship and enthusiasm. This Stockbook is intended to complement the official West Somerset Railway Guide Book, which I recommend for your further reading. I sincerely hope that you enjoy your visit to the West Somerset Railway, and that this publication gives you a deeper understanding of both the train in which you travel and of the other items you see on your trip.
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Severn Valley Railway Recollections

Severn Valley Railway Recollections


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Description: In this volume we look back to 2007 when disaster in the form of two torrential storms, befell the Severn Valley Railway. On the night of June 19th 2007 and coincidentally exactly one-month later on July 19th, heavy rain fell on already saturated ground causing major damage to the line in no fewer than fortyfive separate locations. At ten of these locations the damage was so serious that major engineering solutions had to be found before reconstruction could commence. A flood damage disaster appeal was launched which raised over GBP500,000 which together with further help from Heritage Lottery Fund and European Regional Development Fund provided most of the finance for what turned out to be a GBP3,500,000 repair bill. The work took nine months to complete.
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Author: Phil Sowden
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Railways And Recollections

Railways And Recollections


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Description: Sadly war was to dominate the international news headlines as much as love during 1967. Many lives were being lost in Vietnam during the year, while the so-called Six Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbours had, in addition to the human misery caused, a less than beneficial effect on the world economy. In Britain, after the financial crisis of July 1966, early forecasts for 1967 had predicted a small surplus in the balance of payments. By the late summer of 1967 those forecasts had been completely reversed to predict a substantial deficit, while unemployment had reached the highest summer total since the 1940s. On 18 November, 1967 the pound was devalued from $2.80 to $2.40 together with an accompanying deflationary package that raised bank rate to 8 percent, imposed hire-purchase restrictions and scaled down public spending. Mention the year 1967 to many people of a certain age and they will probably reply 'the summer of love'. However, mention 1967 to any transport enthusiast of similar age who hails from the South of England and the reply will almost certainly be 'the year steam ended on the Southern Region'. Monday 10 July, 1967 was indeed a sad day for fans of the steam locomotive, being the first day on the Southern Region without them, although most had stored up many happy memories during the first half of the year as countless hours were spent both watching and riding behind the steam locomotives that remained in service. The atmosphere of that memorable year is well captured in Ray Ruffell's excellent photographs in this book. We see Bulleid carriages hauled by locomotives whose condition by that time was sometimes quite decrepit - yet nonetheless almost always seemed to put up a good performance. But all too soon Bulleid ' Merchant Navy' Pacific No 35030 Elder Dempster Lines brought the last steam train into Waterloo, the 2.07 pm from Weymouth on Sunday 9 July 1967. This volume then is a dedicated farewell to Southern Steam!
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Author: Chris Harris
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West Somerset Railway Country Walks

West Somerset Railway Country Walks


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Description: The stations of the West Somerset Railway provide an excellent 'stepping off point' to explore the wonderful Somerset countryside and villages therin. Taking each of the staions along the line as the starting point for each walk the detailed text explains the route to follow and the illustrations that accompany each provide reference points to ensure you are on the right track. Each of the twenty walks has a map to guide you, and to help ensure you are progressing the locations of the accompanying illustrations are also clearly marked on the maps. For those sitting in their armchairs at home from Liverpool to London and from Dublin to Norwich - here is the motivational book to plan a visit to this nostalgic line in the beautiful West country! This is one of a set of three books covering aspects of the longest standard-gauge preserved line in the UK.
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Small Island By Little Train

Small Island By Little Train


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Description: Eccentricity enthusiast Chris Arnot's incredible and informative book provides an exploration of the joys and idiosyncrasies of Britain's one-off narrow-gauge railway lines. He talks about a miniature railway on the Kent coast that was once used for Home Guard military trains during World War II and is now a school commute for dozens of children; the UK's only Alpine-style rack-and-pinion railway that scales one of Britain's highest mountains ( Snowdon); and even five different gauges of railway that circle one man's landscaped garden. Chris explains why narrow-gauge railways are so revered and talks about their various roles in preservation, volunteerism, tourism and local history. He also explores why they draw such enthusiasm from so many.
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Author: Chris Arnot
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Fifty Railways That Changed The Course Of History

Fifty Railways That Changed The Course Of History


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Description: Historian Bill Laws celebrates the impact that railways have had on the history of the world in this eye-opening book. Beautifully presented, it explains how the likes of the Metropolitan line of the London Underground (the world's first underground railway) and the Pacific Railroad in North America (the first transcontinental railways) had a major impact on modern civilisation. Each railway featured in this book is judged by its influence on engineering, society, commerce, politics and the military, while famous figures including George Stephenson, Doctor Richard Beeching and Rev. W. W. Awdry are also critiqued.
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Loco Spotters Guide

Loco Spotters Guide


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Description: From its development in the 1800s the locomotive has had a huge impact on all aspects of British life, as it carried travellers and freight across the country. Beyond its impact on the nation's economy and daily commute the loco also spawned a new enthusiasm - train spotting. The perfect pocket guide to aid any would-be train spotter, this book portrays over 60 of the important locomotive designs that have graced British rails over almost 200 years, covering everything from Stephenson's Rocket and the Flying Scotsman to the BR Class 68 trains of 2013. Beautifully illustrated and with informative text this book is the perfect companion to an afternoon spent on a windy, rainy, platform or railway museum.
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Author: Stuart Black
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Bodmin and Wenford Railway Recollections

Bodmin and Wenford Railway Recollections


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Description: The Bodmin & Wenford Railway is one of the most scenic of Britain's preserved lines, and the combination of steam and Cornish countryside proves irresistible for thousands of visitors each year. This 25th volume in the Recollections series coincides with the 25th anniversary of first trains running on the preserved line and embarks on a fascinating 'trip down the line' photographic tour of the railway, taking us from the main line at Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin General and along the branch to Boscarne Junction and onwards to Wenford, which the B& W has long-term plans to re-open. We also lookback in time with classic black & white images. There are evocative period photographs from the days of the Great Western and Southern Railways, and BR. Essential behind-the-scenes activities in engine sheds and workshops are not forgotten. The views will be of absorbing interest to many, making this book the ideal companion for all who know the line, rail enthusiasts, visitors and locals alike.
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Author: Richard Jones
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Buses  Coaches  Trolleybuses and Recollections 1959

Buses Coaches Trolleybuses and Recollections 1959


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Description: The aim of this series is to appeal to readers of all ages, perhaps for different reasons... In this volume: We travel back to the year 1959, as ever an eventful year, that included: * Luna 1 launched by USSR * European Court of Human Rights first established * Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper killed in a plane crash * Cyprus gains independence from the UK * Asterix the Gaul first appears * First section of the M1 ( Crick to Watford) opened by Ernest Marples For the younger reader there are wonderful pictures of buses and coaches that they will never have seen. There will, for example, be half-cab single and double deckers the like of which are no longerin production. Some will be recognised from models and books, while others will be seen for the first time. For the older reader the books are designed to build into a collection placing the road transport in the context of key events thus providing an historical perspective of travel in times past. For those old enough to remember the years depicted, the series will, we hope, provide reminders for many of school days, time perhaps spent bus-spotting, depot visiting and generally visiting interesting locations! The books also make ideal theme gifts for the year of birth, marriage, retirement, starting work and other such events in life.
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Author: Henry Conn
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The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman


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Description: The Flying Scotsman is one of the most iconic steam locomotives in history and this hardback book will make a first-class gift for anyone you know who loves trains. With its period-illustration-style cover and glorious illustrations and photographs, it looks back over the career of this most famous of trains from the Golden Age of Steam - from construction through to restoration in 2005. Endlessly fascinating, the book has been written with the aid of interviews with those who have been involved with the Scotsman over the years. Created by Nigel Gresley, the Flying Scotsman broke the world speed record in 1934 and has captivated so many with her grace, beauty and power. Still drawing a crowd wherever she travels today, this book aims to explain just why this train has such eternal appeal...
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Author: Andrew Roden
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The London Underground

The London Underground


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Description: * New & expanded edition!* The London Underground is a pioneer and an institution. The first underground railway in the world, and incorporating the first ever deep tunnel 'tube' lines too, it is at the heart of London life, with millions of commuters and tourists using it every year and its tentacles extending into the suburbs it helped to create. Its turbulent history reflects the trials and tribulations of London itself: it provided a network of life-saving shelters in the Blitz, but has also faced many logistical challenges, with constant improvements necessary to keep the Tube fit for purpose. This book is not a recompilation of facts and photos published elsewhere, however. Taking a fresh approach, it is a history that focuses on the interesting and quirky aspects of the subject. To transport you more vividly back to the past, well over half the illustrations are in colour, including many rarely seen photographs.
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Author: Andrew Emmerson
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Felix The Railway Cat

Felix The Railway Cat


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Description: Full of funny and heartwarming stories, Felix The Railway Cat is the remarkable tale of a close-knit community and its amazing bond with a very special cat. When Felix arrived at Huddersfield Railway Station as an eight-week-old kitten, no one knew just how important this little ball of fluff would become. Although she has a vital job to do as ' Senior Pest Controller', Felix is much more than just an employee of Trans Pennine Express. For her colleagues and the station's commuters, Felix has changed their lives in surprising ways. Felix seems to have a remarkable ability to save the day time and again: from bringing a boy with autism out of his shell to providing comfort to a runaway child shivering on the platform one night. So when tragedy hits the team at Huddersfield, they rely on Felix to pull them together again. But it's a chance friendship with a commuter that she waits for on the platform every morning that finally gives Felix the recognition she deserves, catapulting her to international stardom... Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK (registered charity 1005541, SC039332).
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Author: Kate Moore
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The Frustrated Commuters Companion

The Frustrated Commuters Companion


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Description: Commuting is hell -- this is your survival guide Delays, price rises, leaves on the line, rail replacement bus services, snowflakes, sunshine, rain, the list of excuses is endless. Forget enjoyment, commuting is about survival. This is your guide to getting to work and back again with your sanity intact. Packed with quizzes (what kind of commuter are you?), trivia (the dirtiest seats on the Underground), tips and techniques (seat etiquette, armpit dodging), a commuter's lexicon ( Comfort paradox, Seat remorse), complaint letter templates and more, this is everything you need to channel your fury and make the best of the journey to work. This book is a call to arms and a sign of solidarity amongst commuters. Whenever you see a fellow traveller with a copy, give them the secret sign of the commuter: ignore them completely. But inside you both will know that you are part of a silent army. We are commuters. We are coming. But we will probably be at least half an hour late.
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Author: Jonathan Swan
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The Llangollen Railway Recollections

The Llangollen Railway Recollections


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Description: Todays beautifully scenic LLangollen Railway runs over a ten mile section of the former Ruabon Junction to Barmouth route that was absorbed into the Great Western Railway in 1877. The line originally opened to freight traffic as far as Llangollen in December 1861, with passenger train services commencing early in June the following year. The current day section of the heritage line to Corwen, was opened to traffic on 1st May 1865, by which time a larger and more centrally located station had been constructed in Llangollen. Closure by British Railways came about in 1964 as a result of the infamous report of Dr Beeching which had been commissioned by the government of the day in order to study potential rationalisation of the rail network in Britain. In the early 1960s standard gauge railway preservation was very much in its infancy in Britain although there were a number of narrow gauge preservation concerns up and running in Wales, so the idea of a dedicated band of enthusiasts restoring and operating services along no longer commercially viable stretches of line had already become established. The beginnings of a Preservation Society in this corner of Wales came about in 1975 when the whole process, which has eventually resulted in what exists today, started with the humble presence of a band of enthusiastic volunteers taking over the occupancy of Llangollen Station in order to start the process of restoration and reconstruction. Over the ensuing years progress was made with the gradual extension of the line, from initial running within the station limits at Llangollen, to Corwen, where a temporary station is currently in use whilst a new purpose built station is constructed. The position of the Llangollen Railway as one of Britain's leading heritage lines is clear to see from the images included in this edition of the Recollections series of publications, which captures the character of this preserved section of the former Great Western Railway in Wales.
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Author: Alan Price
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British Railway Tickets

British Railway Tickets


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Description: In 1838 Thomas Edmondson, an employee of the fledgling Newcastle & Carlisle Railway, revolutionized the ticket issuing process in Britain and left an enduring legacy: the Edmondson ticket. Purchased as proof of the contract between passenger and railway company, the ticket was a receipt, travel pass and an ephemeral record of almost every train journey ever taken in the British Isles, reflecting the nostalgia of the railways and a period of history when the movement of millions of people brought together England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The railways printed millions of tickets for every conceivable journey and category of passenger. Most were destroyed after use, but remarkably many survive, in the care of libraries, museums and collectors, and form the basis of a fascinating hobby.
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Know Your Trains

Know Your Trains


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Description: These 44 models of train have been chosen to represent well-loved contemporary machines as well as a few unusual examples. Each machine has been photographed in the UK where most of them can be see working today. Accompanying each picture is a concise, informative text which gives details of the history, manufacture and engine specifications. This pocket-sized paperback is idea for a young or new enthusiast or simply the casually interested.
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Author: James Race
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The Trains Now Departed

The Trains Now Departed


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Description: SOMETIMES you come across a lofty railway viaduct, marooned in the middle of a remote country landscape. Or a crumbling platform from some once-bustling junction buried under the buddleia. If you are lucky you might be able to follow some rusting tracks, or explore an old tunnel leading to...well, who knows where? Listen hard. Is that the wind in the undergrowth? Or the spectre of a train from a golden era of the past panting up the embankment? These are the ghosts of The Trains Now Departed. They are the railway lines, and services that ran on them that have disappeared and gone forever. Our lost legacy includes lines prematurely axed, often with a gripping and colourful tale of their own, as well as marvels of locomotive engineering sent to the scrapyard, and grand termini felled by the wrecker's ball. Then there are the lost delights of train travel, such as haute cuisine in the dining car, the grand expresses with their evocative names, and continental boat trains to romantic far-off places. The Trains Now Departed tells the stories of some of the most fascinating lost trains of Britain, vividly evoking the glories of a bygone age. In his personal odyssey around Britain Michael Williams tells the tales of the pioneers who built the tracks, the yarns of the men and women who operated them and the colourful trains that ran on them. It is a journey into the soul of our railways, summoning up a magic which, although mired in time, is fortunately not lost for ever. THIS EDITION REVISED AND UPDATED TO INCLUDE MAPS.
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Author: Michael Williams
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The Tube

The Tube


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Description: Mind the gap and jump aboard this fascinating history of the world's oldest and greatest underground railway. On seven guided journeys, travel through time and observe at first hand the influence of great Underground architects, such as Charles Holden and Sir Norman Foster, and how the stations have changed - but also how many things have stayed the same.
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British Railways In The 1970s And 80s

British Railways In The 1970s And 80s


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Description: For British Rail, the 1970s was a time of contrasts, when bad jokes about sandwiches and pork pies often belied real achievements, like increasing computerisation and the arrival of the high-speed Inter- City 125s. But while television advertisements told of an ' Age of the Train', Monday morning misery continued for many, the commuter experience steadily worsening as rolling stock aged and grew ever more uncomfortable. Even when BR launched new electrification schemes and new suburban trains in the 1980s, focus still fell on the problems that beset the Advanced Passenger Train, whose ignominious end came under full media glare. In British Railways in the 1970s and '80s, Greg Morse guides us through a world of Traveller's Fare, concrete concourses and peak-capped porters, a difficult period that began with the aftershock of Beeching but ended with BR becoming the first nationalised passenger network in the world to make a profit.
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What The Railways Did For Us

What The Railways Did For Us


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Description: It is hard, from a distance of nearly two centuries, to imagine the impact the coming of the railways must have had at the start of the nineteenth century. Their physical impact was dramatic enough - great mechanical horses, breathing fire and smoke and drawing impossibly heavy trains at unimaginable speeds, across a landscape transformed by the embankments and cuttings, viaducts and tunnels their passage demanded. However, they would also transform the way war was conducted and peace was maintained; prove to be one of the drivers of the dramatic industrial growth of the nineteenth century; create opportunities for many to become enormously wealthy, but impoverish many more, who invested unwisely; cause the state to think again about the policy of laissez-faire that was its default position; transform our leisure; radically re-shape our towns and cities and change our very notions of time and how we measured it. In this book, Stuart Hylton looks at the changes wrought in the British Isles during the first century of the railway age and answers the question, what did the railways do for us?
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The Sixties Railway

The Sixties Railway


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Description: The 1960s saw great change in British society, which was moving ever further from the deference that had been ebbing since the Great War and ever faster towards the 'white heat' of new technology. For British Railways, the move to modernise had begun the previous decade, though it soon became clear that it would have to rationalise its network if it was to hold its own in the face of growing competition from road and air transport. With the line closures, came new uniforms, new liveries and a last breath of steam, as Doctor Beeching and his successors strove to break even and build a new business from the old. Greg Morse takes us through this turbulent ten-year period, which started with financial uncertainty and ended with BR poised to launch the fastest diesel-powered train in the world. A portrait of a railway network that became beloved of the last generations lucky enough to experience mainline steam, this book is both fascinating history, and nostalgic journey.
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Express Trains

Express Trains


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Description: The most glamorous services run by railway companies were the high speed expresses. Often named, these premier trains were the fastest and most luxurious services offered by railways and generated much publicity especially in the 1930's when such trains also regularly broke speed records. By far the most famous express services were the trains whose names still resonate with the public today: the ' Flying Scotsman', the ' Royal Scot', the ' Cornish Riviera Limited' and the ' Atlantic Coast Express'. These and luxurious ' Pullman' services featured the newest and fastest locomotives and the most up to date and comfortable rolling stock. In addition to the named trains, the ' Big Four' railways and later British Railways operated many other un-named express services across the network, all run at high speed linking London and major towns and cities as well as well known holiday destinations around the coast. There were also more specialised express services run by railways that were an important part of the timetable. These included Boat Trains linking ocean terminals and the capital, overnight sleeper and fast mail trains. Less well known were express goods trains developed by railways in the 1920's and 1930's that carried perishable freight. Always at the vanguard of technological development, railways introduced innovations that helped express train speeds and journey times - apart of course from the best locomotives, these developments included water troughs, and slip coaches, making a journey on an express in the golden age of steam an experience not to be missed for the well-heeled traveller.
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Author: Tim Bryan
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The Seventies Railway

The Seventies Railway


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Description: For Britain's railways, the 1970s was a time of contrasts, when gallows humour about British Rail sandwiches and delayed trains often overshadowed real achievement, like `parkway' stations and high-speed travel. The Seventies Railway begins with the optimism of the new decade. It describes the electrification of the West Coast Main Line, the introduction of new computer systems, and the giving of grants for socially vital services. But while speeds were climbing, and finances appeared to be improving, Monday morning misery remained for many, as rolling stock aged and grew ever more uncomfortable. This was the BR of Travellers- Fare, Freightliners and peak-capped porters. It was beset with strikes and began with the aftershock of Beeching, but ended with the introduction of 125-mph services and the promise of even faster trains to come. This book is part of the Britain's Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain's past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with the seventies railway in all its variety.
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Author: Greg Morse
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Narrow Gauge Locomotives

Narrow Gauge Locomotives


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Description: Narrow gauge railways have long been a source of fascination for many. From famous public lines such as the Ffestiniog Railway and Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, to peat extraction lines in Cumbria and brickworks systems on Humberside, the narrow gauge railway has transcended two centuries. A big part of the charm of these lines is the locomotives that were built to operate them. Narrow gauge is defined as anything less than the standard gauge of UK main lines - usually down to 15 inch gauge - but in that spectrum there is no limit to size, simplicity or shape. These were machines built to do a job, pure and simple, but those jobs were many and varied. Multiple wheeled complex engines could share the same track as a simple motorised wagon, whilst all manner of propulsion could be found - steam, diesel, petrol and electric - even fireless, compressed air or steam locos converted to electric power. This book looks at them all and their legacy today across the plethora of pleasure and heritage lines that exist. This book is part of the Britain's Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain's past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with narrow gauge locomotives in all their variety.
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Delivery cost: 2.95
Author: Anthony Coulls
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A Century Of Railway Travel

A Century Of Railway Travel


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Description: From the Edwardian golden age of steam to the present, the railway has captured the hearts and imaginations of the British people like no other mode of travel. In wartime and peace, along major routes and minor, steam, diesel and electric trains have carried commuters to work, families to holiday destinations and provided the means to myriad other adventures - the train a constant presence in an ever-changing way of life. A Century of Railway Travel presents one hundred years of the British passenger's story, using striking full-page imagery with commentary from bestselling author Paul Atterbury. From the open platforms of provincial stations before the First World War to the modern throngs at Waterloo on Derby Day, and from compartments that separated rich from poor and male from female, to the rise to dominance of modern standard class, this book depicts the rich tapestry of progress and heritage that has been the last century of British train travel. The coloured card ticket in your hand, the rough feel of the upholstered seats, and the call of the whistle, the scenery begins to move across the carriage windows of one of Britain's great steam-trains: with full-page illustrations and text alive with insight and nostalgia, this is a passenger's history of train travel in the last century.
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Delivery cost: 2.95
Author: Paul Atterbury
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Classic British Steam Locomotives

Classic British Steam Locomotives


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Description: This title features key facts and figures spanning over 150 years of British railway history, from the early 1800s to the end of the golden era of steam in the 20th century. It offers technical specification tables for each class, including builder's name, location and date, weight, driving wheel diameter, boiler pressure, cylinders, valve gear, coal capacity, water capacity and tractive effort. It features all the classic British steam locomotives, including the ' Iron Duke' class, the D class, the ' Royal Scot' class, the Q1 class, and many more. It is divided into sections covering the four main eras: 1800-1885; 1885-1920; 1920-1940; and 1940-1960. It includes a glossary of key railway terms. Britain was the pioneering force behind the birth of the steam locomotive. By 1829, George Stephenson and his son Robert had developed a fast, revolutionary and light-weight steam engine: Rocket. This superbly illustrated book celebrates the British steam locomotive legacy. From the streamlined 'flyers' of the 1930s to freight workhorses and dock tanks, the book profiles the variety of steam locomotives that Britain has produced. With over 200 photographs covering 85 classes, as well as detailed information on each period and a comprehensive glossary, the book covers the story of the first, finest and fastest locomotives ever to run on rails.
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Delivery cost: 2.95
Author: Peter Herring
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Making Tracks

Making Tracks


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Description: Hop on board as we journey through the incredible history of railways. Cherished, admired and frequently used as an excuse for lateness, the railways occupy a special place in our hearts. Trains are not just a practical mode of transport, but also a way of tracing our social history over the past 150 years, from technological progress and design to cultural change and the impact they have had on our landscape. Full of facts, trivia and anecdotes, this engaging compendium looks at the heyday of the railways around the world, chronicling the shift from steam trains to diesel and electric and the challenge of running during two World Wars. This book also includes railway trivia from around the world, from the locomotive to the Japanese bullet train. A broad range of aspects is covered, from the types of trains and services, key people and station architecture, to station pets, accidents and crime, and the depiction of the railways in literature and art. Chock-full of information, and illustrated with line drawings throughout, this miscellany is perfect for railway enthusiasts, history buffs or those who would like to learn more about this fascinating form of transport that is so often taken for granted.
Delivery time: 3 - 5 working days
Delivery cost: 2.95
Author: Peter Saxton
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