The Railway Age

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The Railway Age meant a revolution. Railways, with speed, capacity to move people and goods, and precision of operation far beyond any existing means of transport on land, transformed industry, social life, and whole areas of the countries they served; they changed politics, diplomacy, military strategy and the map of the world. First published to great acclaim in the 1960s and with new material added, this book was welcomed as "a classic of railway literature" (The Guardian ). It not only sets out what railways ...

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Overview

The Railway Age meant a revolution. Railways, with speed, capacity to move people and goods, and precision of operation far beyond any existing means of transport on land, transformed industry, social life, and whole areas of the countries they served; they changed politics, diplomacy, military strategy and the map of the world. First published to great acclaim in the 1960s and with new material added, this book was welcomed as "a classic of railway literature" (The Guardian ). It not only sets out what railways were but examines what they did. It will throw new light on the history of recent centuries.

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This is a thoughtful, inquiring book, full of historical imagination. Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781901341096
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 4.86 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Robbins worked for London Transport from 1939 to 1980, latterly as Board Member and Managing Director (Railways). He is a past president of the Chartered Institute of Transport.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Preface to the 1998 edition 3
1 What is a railway? 5
2 Forerunners and pioneers 11
3 George Stephenson and the great builders 15
4 The task in Britain and the great years 23
5 Completing the task 30
6 The impact of railways on society 34
7 Railways and the landscape 47
8 Men of the early railways 57
9 Railway directors, managers and shareholders 65
10 Capital, earnings and public control 76
11 Railways overseas: the British tradition 91
12 Railways overseas: the continental tradition 102
13 Railways overseas: the North American tradition 115
14 Railways and wars 122
15 The new railway age 136
Postscript 1998 143
Notes on sources 148
Index 163
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