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

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

by Dorian Gerhold


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This book offers the fullest account yet written of the road haulage industry in England from the seventeenth century until the coming of the railways. It is centred upon the letters of one of the largest haulage firms to operate between the West Country and London, letters which make it possible to examine how road transport - dependent on horses and waggons - changed during nearly two centuries. The Russell letters are a uniquely informative source, allowing for the first time a detailed examination of how carriers operated, the economics of their trade, and their role in the economic and social life of the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521090148
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/13/2008
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The rise of a regional carrier; 3. The partnership; 4. Operation; 5. Customers; 6. Costs; 7. Prices and profits; 8. Competition and competitors; 9. The quest for greater speed; 10. Railway carriers; 11. Conclusion.

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