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Highly illustrated volume covering the emergence of the modern railway in a unique, essentially geographical way. Contemporary maps, many never before published, showing the locations and routes of the early railways. Highly illustrated, for in addition to the maps it has photos of most of the surviving first locomotives from collections around the world, and of replicas too, where they exist. Much of the early railway system originated in Britain, but the earliest railways in France, Germany, and the rest of continental Europe are also considered, as are railways in North America and elsewhere. Several sections cover the emergence of the first steam locomotives, in particular those of Trevithick, Blenkinsop, Chapman, and Stephenson, and the historically important Stockton & Darlington and Liverpool & Manchester railways in detail.
Do you love trains? Do you love adventure? If so, join Tom Chesshyre on his meandering rail journey across Europe from London to Venice. Escaping the rat race for a few happy weeks, Chesshyre indulges in the freedom of the tracks. From France (dogged by rail worker strikes), through Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland he goes, travelling as far east as Odessa by the Black Sea in Ukraine. With no set plans, simply a desire to let the trains lead the way, his trip takes him onwards via Hungary, the Balkans and Austria. Along the way he enjoys many an encounter, befriending fellow travellers as well as a conductor or two. This is a love letter to Europe, written from the trackside.
History is everywhere, and is never as complete as when it can be accessed on a part of history itself. The locomotive is one of the great steps in progress of civilisation that undoubtably connects us to land and history that was shaped by the machine itself. Although a basic form of railway, or rutway, did exist in Ancient Greek and Roman times - notably the ship trackway between Diolkos and the Isthmus of Corinth around 600 BC - it would take several thousand years before the first fare-paying passenger service was launched in the early nineteenth century. Some two hundred years on, it is possible to travel by train to some of the world's most remote and remarkable destinations, and track the many wonderful legacies of the Earth's extensive history - man-made and otherwise. From prehistoric rock formations to skyscraper cities, slow steam engines to high-speed bullet trains, let A History of the World in 500 Railway Journeys be your guide. Through its beautifully illustrated pages, and 500 awe-inspiring railway journeys, you can chart your own transcontinental itinerary through time. Chug through canyons, steam past ancient monuments, speed through cities, luxuriate in the railcars of presidents and queens, or make express connections between key historical moments or epic eras, A History of the World in 500 Railway Journeys has it all. A must-read for travellers, railfans and history buffs alike, offering inspiration and information in equal measure.
Celebrate the heyday of passenger rail travel around Britain with this beautiful Times railway book. Take a journey back to the boom time for Britain's railways, through a unique collection of fascinating stories, photographs, posters and railway ephemera. Leading railway author Julian Holland tells the story of an evocative period in Britain's railway history - gone forever but never forgotten. Explore a century of rail travel in Britain, covering three important periods: * Late 19th century to 1922. The zenith of Britain's railways, with 120 companies operating * 1923 to 1947. Railway companies are grouped into the 'Big Four' * 1948 to 1994. Nationalization heralds the era of British Railways The Golden Years of Rail Travel is the perfect gift for all rail enthusiasts.
This book, to published in two parts, is dedicated to the memories of all those people who once worked for the Great Western Railway in South Wales, at Pontypool Road loco depot, the Eastern Valley and the Vale of Neath railway, as well as to those people who worked in the industries once served by the railway in those locations. In 2016, the UK coal mining industry is extinct, and the future of the steel industry is in doubt. This book serves as a reminder to future generations as to what a fantastic place the South Wales valleys once were for heavy industry and transport infrastructure, and also as a tribute to the pioneering 19th century railway builders. Local railway enthusiast Phil Williams, is a contract structural engineer in the aerospace industry. His father's uncle, Harry Miles, was a Swindon trained locomotive fitter at Pontypool Road in the 1930s. His family have interesting links to the mining industry. His great grandfather was Thomas Williams, the Colliery Engineer at Tirpentwys Colliery from before 1902 up to 1912; and then at Crumlin Valley Colliery Hafodrynys and the Glyn Pits, from 1915 until he died in 1925 aged 76.His father's great grandfather, Joseph Harper, was one of the 1890 Llanerch Colliery disaster rescue team; he worked at the British Top Pits. His father's uncle, Williams Harper was the foreman of the wagon shop at the Big Arch Talywain.
From stalwart little locomotives of topographic necessity, to the maverick engines of one man's whimsy, Britain's narrow-gauge steam trains run on tracks a world apart from its regimented mainlines. In Small Island by Little Train, eccentricity enthusiast Chris Arnot sets out to discover their stories. Stories include miniature railway on the Kent coast, used for Home Guard military trains during World War II, and now the school commute for dozens of local school children. The UK's only Alpine-style rack-and-pinion railway, scaling one of Britain's highest mountains. The five different gauges of railway circling one man's landscaped garden, and the team building their own trains to run on it.Far more than mere relics of the nation's industrial past, or battered veterans of wartime Britain, these are also stories of epic feats of preservation, volunteerism, tourism, and local history. They are an exploration of idiosyncrasy, enthusiasm and eccentricity. Or, to put it another way, a tale of Britishness.
The Railways of Devon & Cornwall Around the Early 1960s covers many of the lines across the two counties and the steam locomotives that worked over them. Whilst there are main line photographs, this book mainly visits a selection of the now largely vanished secondary routes and branch lines. The early 1960s also saw the change from steam to diesel power, so the WR hydraulics and first generation DMUs also make an appearance. In the main, the time period is the eight years or so from 1958 until 1966. This book will appeal to railway enthusiasts, modellers, and those interested in local history. Coverage includes: The Exe Valley branch, The Culm Valley branch, The Teign Valley branch, Lyme Regis, Seaton Junction, Sidmouth Junction, Exeter, Crediton, Okehampton, Barnstaple, Torrington to Halwill, Bude and its harbour branch, The North Cornwall Railway to Wadebridge and Padstow, The Launceston and South Devon branch, Plymouth, The Looe branch, Bodmin, Wenford Bridge, Newquay to Par, Falmouth, The Helston branch, and concludes at Penzance. Virtually all of the photographs, a mixture of black & white and colour, have never been published before, and all were taken by the author, his father, or his friend Alan Maund.
More than 100 walks across the length and breadth of Britain's lost railway lines. Each walk includes a short history of the railway before it closed, a description of what can be seen along it today, practical details such as car parking, access by public transport, a detailed route map and historical and modern day photographs. 4,500 miles of railway and 2,000 stations were closed between 1963 and the mid-1970s. While many of these still remain hidden away in the undergrowth or have been lost to road improvements and urban or industrial development, a growing number continue to be slowly reopened both as recreational footpaths and cycleways and as wildlife corridors. Some of our lost railways have also been incorporated into long distance paths, while they all form wildlife corridors in which butterflies, birds, small mammals and wild flowers flourish. They all provide a perfect setting to enjoy a day's walk in the countryside. This extended second edition with 8 new routes including Canterbury to Whitstable, Witham to Maldon, Great Malvern to Ashchurch, Jarrow to Tanfield.
Fully updated essential guide to exploring Britain by train, Railway Day Trips is ideal for anyone planning or looking for inspiration for a rail journey. From bestselling railway author Julian Holland. This pocket companion is perfect for both casual and seasoned rail travellers. Plan adventures, follow the changing landscape through the train window and discover fascinating destinations. Each journey incorporates a location map, route diagram and descriptive text on its history and geography, plus some of the highlights awaiting you at each destination. High-quality photographs illustrate every route throughout the book. Based on his extensive knowledge of British rail travel, the author reveals appealing quirks of the various routes and provides practical tips on how to make the most of your journey. 160 day trips from all over the country are featured, departing from major towns and cities and culminating at a variety of interesting destinations. This 2nd edition includes 10 new routes: * Cambridge to Ipswich * Hereford to Newport * Cardiff to Ebbw Vale * Carmarthen to Fishguard * Manchester to Southport * Sheffield to Lincoln * Middlesbrough to Newcastle * Glasgow to Perth * Edinburgh to Tweedbank * Inverness to Wick
From the very start, when George Stephenson's famous Rocket knocked over and killed a government minister at the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester line in 1830, the world's railways have given rise to intriguing stories. In this fascinating book, updated with a new selection of tales, railway buff Tom Quinn explores the bizarre side of train travel, featuring weird weather conditions, audacious robberies, hair-raising accidents, vanishing passengers, an infestation of maggots and a mysterious missing mummy. From the dawn of rail travel, when speeds of 15mph were considered dangerous to health and people mistook engines for fire-breathing demons, through the Victorian heyday of royal trains and seaside specials to today's more prosaic leaves on the line, this whistlestop tour through railways' long and storied history is the perfect gift for armchair travelers, history fans and trainspotters.
The Horseshoe Curve is known worldwide as an engineering achievement by the Pennsylvania Railroad. This landmark, located just west of Altoona, opened to traffic on February 15, 1854, and it enabled a railroad line to climb the Allegheny Mountains and the eastern continental divide. The Horseshoe Curve's construction impacted railroad design and development for mountainous terrain everywhere, enabling access to coal and other raw materials essential for the industrial age. J. Edgar Thomson, chief engineer of the Pennsylvania Railroad, is widely recognized for his engineering and design of the Horseshoe Curve, a concept never utilized previously. Today the curve is still in use and sees approximately 70 trains daily. Through vintage photographs, Horseshoe Curve chronicles how this marvel remains one of the vital transportation arteries linking the east and west coasts of the United States.
The Electrostar is a collective name given to the hugely successful class of EMUs produced by Bombardier at its Derby factory. There have been seven different classes that come under the Electrostar umbrella, all working mainly in the south-east of the country. The first unit was delivered in 1999 to replace the Class 302 units on the London, Tilbury & Southend route. Over the following eighteen years, a total of 480 sets were produced for a variety of operators. The different classes are all configured to their specific routes, with most making up a standard four-car train, although some of the later Class 377 units were delivered as five-car train. The Class 376 units are high-density units, and were the only members of the Electrostar family delivered without gangway doors on the front. The fleets were introduced to eradicate the earlier slam-door stock that was in use widely in the south-east at the time. Some classes are also fitted out for AC operation, and can be seen working as far north as Peterborough on the East Coast Main Line, and also Milton Keynes on the West Coast Main Line. The design was also used on an export order, with twenty-four sets being used by Gautrain in South Africa. Today the whole fleet is still in use, and this book aims to show the different classes in their everyday use.
The way it was - an Historical perspective; traffic connected to an agriculture based economy, including a look at broccoli traffic etc. Supporting photos mainly steam from the 1950s (more b&w but some colour). - Milk traffic. A brief history with a more detailed (mainly pictorial) look at individual dairies from 1960s through to the end in 1981. Locations including Torrington, Lapford, Hemyock, Seaton Jn, Chard Jn, Totnes and Lostwithiel. A little steam, more diesel hydraulic and ending with diesel electric classes (mix of b&w and colour, weighted towards the former.) - China Clay. Probably the largest section of the book, perhaps 20%+. A bit of history with a few steam photos, but also a more detailed pictorial look at those loading points active from the 1970s to the present such as Burngullow and the Parkandillack branch, Par Harbour, Goonbarrow Jn, Fowey docks, Wenford, Moorswater and Plymouth. Views inclg related buildings, wagons etc (mainly colour). - Ball clay; Meeth and Heathfield branches - mainly 1970s to the end in early 2000's. - Grain and Fertiliser traffic; a short section, mainly on the Truro, Plymouth & Lapford service in the 1990s. - Coal.A general look, but majoring on Exmouth Jn Coal concentration depot (1967-92). Also 1990s flows for Plymstock cement works and Falmouth Docks. - Oil. Traffic flows to Exeter, Heathfield, Plymouth and Hayle Wharves etc (1970s to the end in 2012). - MOD. A shortish section, dealing with traffic to local bases, including nuclear from Devonport Dockyard. (1970s on). - Scrap Metal - from Plymouth, Exeter and St Blazey. (1970s on). - Cement. A brief look back to the 1960s-70s; Exeter Central, Plymouth and Chacewater in the 1980s; also the more recent Moorswater flow. - Timber. Traffic from Lapford (1980s), Exeter (1990s), Teignbridge & Exeter (present). - Aggregate. ( Mainly Mendip Rail to Exeter from 1990s on). - 'Speedlink', 'Enterprise' etc. Wagonload from 1970s to the end (2000s). Including a look at various locations, including Barnstaple, Whimple (cider), Pinhoe (bricks), Exeter, Plymouth, Cornwall (calcified seaweed) etc. - A short look at a couple of special 'one off' traffics. (1990s) - A section on 'civils' traffic, p.w. work trains. (Length might depend on space available after the above!), and - Railway ballast trains, mainly from Meldon Quarry (a little steam, photos from 1960s to the end). - Weed killers, RHTT and test trains.( Photos under the different sections could include some wagon views. All photos from 1990s on probably in colour; prior to that would be a mix.)
The unique, but sadly short-lived, Brighton & Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway must have presented quite an amazing spectacle, even during those late Victorian days of engineering excellence. Affectionately known as the 'Daddy-Long-Legs', 'spider car' or 'sea car', the railway resembled a piece of seaside pier that had broken away and was moving by itself through the sea. Although closed over a hundred years ago, interest in the Daddy-Long-Legs Railway remains strong and it has become a Brighton icon. The book details the history of the Daddy-Long-Legs and features the best collection of photographs of it so far assembled, along with plans, timetables and posters and associated features such as Volk's Electric Railway and the piers assembled as a landing stage for the Daddy-Long-Legs. This will be the first book to concentrate solely on this unique and fascinating piece of British seaside history.
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