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A Christmas hardback with tremendous sales potential. "Fire and Steam" tells the dramatic story of the people and events that shaped the world's first railway network, one of the most impressive engineering achievements in history.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.The rise of the steam train allowed goods and people to circulate around Britain as never before, stimulating the growth of towns and industry, as well many of the facets of modern life, from fish and chips to professional football.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 the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.This book is intended for fans of Simon Winchester, Peter Ackroyd, Adam Hart-Davis and Christian Wolmar's "The Subterranean Railway".
"'A masterful account.' Michael Binyon, The Times 'Wolmar is a Pullman among story-tellers.' Tom Fort, Sunday Telegraph"
|List of Maps and Illustrations||p. viii|
|Introduction: Why Railways?||p. 1|
|The First Railway||p. 21|
|Getting the Railway Habit||p. 43|
|Joining Up Britain||p. 60|
|Changing Britain||p. 75|
|Railways Everywhere||p. 87|
|The Big Companies: Great But Not Necessarily Good||p. 108|
|The Agatha Christie Railway||p. 122|
|Danger and Exploitation on the Tracks||p. 146|
|Speeding to Danger||p. 164|
|The Only Way to Get There||p. 181|
|Fighting Together - Reluctantly||p. 206|
|Compromise - The Big Four||p. 229|
|And Then There Was One||p. 253|
|An Undeserved Reputation||p. 269|
|The Future is Rail||p. 300|
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Published: 1st March 2009
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 16.6 x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.76