The Oxford Companion to British Railway History: From 1603 to the 1990s by Edited By Jack Simmons & Gordon Biddle soon to be presented for sale on the brilliant BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Diagrams; Maps; Dated 1997 but reference made to the first appearance in the paperback edition being 1999, so likely a later printing
From the cover: FROM PORTERS AND PULLMAN CARS TO PRIVATISATION, THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF THE NETWORK THAT SHAPED A NATION.
Of all the products of the industrial revolution, none left its mark on the landscape of Britain, or changed the lives of the British people, more than the railway. The Encyclopaedic Oxford Companion to British Railway History reveals, for the first time, the full story of this remarkable achievement: the inspired pioneers, the unprecedented feats of engineering, the romance, and the reality. From the primitive wagonways of the seventeenth century, through the eras of horse, steam, diesel, and electric traction, it explores the railways unique place in our history, and the reasons for its extraordinary and enduring hold on our collective imagination.
Over 600 entries by 88 distinguished contributors chart the progress of railways in Britain from 1603 to the late twentieth century, making this the only comprehensive encyclopaedic work on the subject
Not only the technical and historical development of the railway, but its social, economic, political, and artistic aspects
Maps, diagrams, tables, and illustrations amplify the text and clarify technical concepts
PEOPLE, PLACES, AND POLITICS.
The key figures who influenced the development of the railways, the towns that were changed for ever, and the policies that brought about the networks expansion and contraction
QUICK AND EASY REFERENCE.
Entries are arranged A-Z and fully cross-referenced for instant answers to every question, while further reading lists provide more in-depth sources.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Light spotting to the first and last blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XV] 591 pages. 10″ x 7¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I beguile you with my offerings from hither or maybe further, hand picked, books in my Transport Rail catalogue?