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Fire & steam [electronic resource] : a new history of the railways in Britain / Christian Wolmar.

By: Wolmar, Christian [author].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Atlantic Books Ltd., c2009Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 364 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations (some colour), maps.ISBN: 9781848872615 (electronic bk.); 1848872615 (electronic bk.); 9781843546290 (hbk.).Other title: Fire and steam.Subject(s): Railroads -- Great Britain -- History | Railroads -- Economic aspects -- Great Britain -- History | Railroads -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Fire and Steam : A New History of the Railways in BritainOnline resources: Link to ebook
List of maps and illustrations; maps; illustrations; preface; acknowledgements; fire & steam; introduction; one the first railway; two getting the railway habit; three joining up britain; four changing britain; five railways everywhere; six the big companies: great but not necessarily good; seven the agatha christie railway; eight danger and exploitation on the tracks; nine speedng to danger; ten the only way to get there; eleven fighting together -- reluctantly; twelve compromise -- the big four; thirteen and then there was one; fourteen an undeserved reputation1.
Fifteen the future is railnotes; further reading; index.
Summary: 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.
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Originally published as hardback: 2007.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Description based on print version record.

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