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Title
The Victorian railway
Author
Jack Simmons
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Thames and Hudson
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20090223

The railway was the creation - in some ways the archetypal creation - of the Victorian age. It transformed the whole social and intellectual fabric of Britain, affected Victorian thought and language, figured in the literature of the age, inspired artists, transformed communications and expanded the horizons of ordinary folk. This absorbing book looks at every aspect of the railway in Victorian times - from the origins and initial construction to the spreading impact on the nation; from engineers and financiers to the effect on leisure and the environment. This is a story that is not only enthralling in its own right but also fundamental to an understanding of British history and the nature of Britain today.

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Jack Simmons was the foremost authority on British railway history. He was on the staff at the University of Leicester for over fifty years, first as Professor of History from 1947 to 1975, and then as Professor Emeritus. He died in 2000.

'The scenery is magnificent . and every detail can be observed from Simmons's window . The author presents a train-spotter's paradise of information' - Matthew Parris, The Times

'This wonderful panorama .like one of those great canvases populated by half the inhabitants of Britain of which the Victorians were so fond . You will wallow in this book' - Miles Kington

'Tens of thousands of books have been written about railways . but no one has analysed the world the railways created . This is just what Jack Simmons has now done' - The Spectator

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Railroads - Great Britain - History - 19th century.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
416

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