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"The Indian railroad system is among the most fascinating in the world, says Kerr, a retired history professor, and he recounts its birth and growth since the 1850s, with an emphasis on the impact it had on the political and economic development of the country. For the first century, until 1947, it was a colonial railroad system designed to serve the imperial occupation, and has continued to be shaped by the colonial legacy after independence and partition, he explains."
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"[A] highly readable, thoroughly researched analysis of the development and impact of railways, their technology, and their people on the Indian subcontinent….Just as the best way to see India is by train even today, Kerr's book is the best way to grasp the historical saga of the fire vehicle and its contributions to the economic, political, social , and cultural integration of India."
Technology and Culture
". . . an excellent overview of the history of the railways of India from an economic and social perspective."