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Road Transport before the Railways : Russell's London Flying Waggons - Dorian Gerhold

Road Transport before the Railways

Russell's London Flying Waggons

Hardcover Published: 26th February 1993
ISBN: 9780521419505
Number Of Pages: 336

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This book examines the road haulage trade in England when it depended on horses and waggons, chiefly through the letters and papers of one of the largest firms which operated between the West Country and London in the early nineteenth century. Other documents extend the coverage of the firm's history from the seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, making it possible to examine how road transport changed during the course of two centuries.
The Russell letters are an extraordinary and unique survival, showing in detail how the firm managed to convey up to six tons at a time in all weathers, how dominated it was by the capabilities and needs of the horse, how reliable its services were, who it served and how important it was to a variety of users. Much new information is provided on the gradual spread of the influence of London, the effect of turnpike roads, the nature of the West Country economy and the role of transport in the regional and national economy. In sum the book provides the fullest account yet written of the road haulage industry from the seventeenth century until the coming of the railways.

The Rise of a Regional Carrier
The Partnership
Prices and Profits
Competition and Competitors
The Quest for Greater Speed
Railway Carriers
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ISBN: 9780521419505
ISBN-10: 0521419506
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 26th February 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.74