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Great Victorian Railway Journeys How Modern Britain Was Built By Victorian Steam Power

Author : Karen Farrington
ISBN : 9780007457076
Genre : Travel
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The perfect companion to Bradshaw’s guide book. Showcasing in colour all that is great about Bradshaw’s guide.

Dangerous Days On The Victorian Railways

Author : Terry Deary
ISBN : 0297870580
Genre : History
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Facing feuds and frauds, robberies and riots and the disasters of dangerous drivers, deadly designers and sleepy signalmen, Victorians risked more than just delays when stepping on a steam train. Victorian inventors certainly didn't lack steam, but squabbling over who deserved the title of 'The Father of the Locomotive' and busy enjoying their fame and fortune, safety on the rails was not their priority. Brakes were seen as a needless luxury (until a steamer started to slide downhill towards disaster) and boilers had an inconvenient tendency to overheat and explode, and in turn, blow up anyone in reach. Four years after a mysterious murderer left only his victim's crushed hat and walking stick on board a first class carriage, the nation trembled at the trains once more. Poorly timed repairs caused a locomotive to derail and crash into the shallow River Beult, killing ten passengers and injuring 40 more. The infamous Staplehurst disaster is said to have traumatised passenger Charles Dickens, threatening to expose his affair with the young Nell Ternan, and altering his health and writing for the rest of his life. Often recognised as having revolutionised travel and industrial Britain, Victorian railways were perilous. Few other histories honour the lives of the people killed or injured by the diseases and disasters which accounted for thousands of deaths. The victims of the Victorian railways had names, lives and families, and they deserve to be remembered...

A Companion To 19th Century Britain

Author : Chris Williams
ISBN : 9781405143097
Genre : History
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A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britain presents 33 essays by expert scholars on all the major aspects of the political, social, economic and cultural history of Britain during the late Georgian and Victorian eras. Truly British, rather than English, in scope. Pays attention to the experiences of women as well as of men. Illustrated with maps and charts. Includes guides to further reading.

The Railways

Author : Simon Bradley
ISBN : 9781847653529
Genre : Transportation
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Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2015 Currently filming for BBC programme Full Steam Ahead Britain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions, the network also exerts a fascination all its own. From the classical grandeur of Newcastle station to the ceaseless traffic of Clapham Junction, from the mysteries of Brunel's atmospheric railway to the lost routines of the great marshalling yards, Simon Bradley explores the world of Britain's railways, the evolution of the trains, and the changing experiences of passengers and workers. The Victorians' private compartments, railway rugs and footwarmers have made way for air-conditioned carriages with airline-type seating, but the railways remain a giant and diverse anthology of structures from every period, and parts of the system are the oldest in the world. Using fresh research, keen observation and a wealth of cultural references, Bradley weaves from this network a remarkable story of technological achievement, of architecture and engineering, of shifting social classes and gender relations, of safety and crime, of tourism and the changing world of work. The Railways shows us that to travel through Britain by train is to journey through time as well as space.

Modern Railway Track

Author : Coenraad Esveld
ISBN : 9080032417
Genre : Railroad tracks
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Rail guidance principle - Curves and gradients - Track stability and longitudinal forces - Track design - Track construction - The rail - Track maintenance and renewal. Ultrasonic rail inspection - Recording systems - Railway-induced ground vibrations and noise - High-speed tracks.

Great Victorian Inventions

Author : Caroline Rochford
ISBN : 9781445636450
Genre : History
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Who invented the flying machine? Was the Titanic really the first 'unsinkable' ship? How would one use a phonoscope? Using old Victorian documents, Caroline Rochford takes the reader on a guided tour of hundreds of fascinating nineteenth-century inventions from across the globe, some strange and some remarkably familiar. Think solar power is a modern concept? Think again! Today everyone has a camera, but imagine the excitement of taking a snap of a giraffe hotel! This is a surprising journey, taking the reader on a trip from the clouds to the bottom of the ocean, with stops everywhere in between. Discover the use of whispering machines, crime-fighting streetlamps and over 200 other remarkable Victorian inventions.

Mapping The Railways

Author : Julian Holland
ISBN : 000750649X
Genre : Railroads
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Throughout this engaging book is a series of 'milepost' features on key events, eras and personalities in the history of Britain's railways. From the enormous role the railways played in the World Wars to modern events, like the opening of the Channel Tunnel, this extensive book shows you how British history is firmly tied to the railways. The story is traced from early 'waggonways', through the steam era to today's diesel and electric railways.Mapping the Railways will appeal to railway enthusiasts, historians and general interest readers alike.Over 100 railway maps:,*Historical and modern rail network maps,*Extracts from Ordnance Survey sheets,*Plans for proposed railway schemesPivotal events in railway history:,*The nineteenth century saw the foundations laid for our modern railway network, with huge building projects constructing thousands of miles of track, bridges and tunnels,*Expansion slowed in the early twentieth century as competition from the car and the lorry began to bite,*Railways made an enormous contribution to the World Wars, then underwent massive re-equipment after nationalization

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