Chronology of the Construction of Britain's Railways, 1778-1855
So many of today's railway books are of ephemeral interest - picture books that catch the eye but lack substance. It is unusual to find a new reference book of significance - but in A Chronology of the Construction of Britain's Railways the reader will find just that.
Leslie James, through painstaking research, has produced a major book of reference on the earliest years of Britain's railways. Each and every company is covered in chronological order with details (where applicable) of dates of incorporation by Parliament and to whom the powers were granted; the routes of the lines constructed; the opening dates for the sections of line and their further history. A bibliography for further reading is given for each company. Further lines opened by the companies and changes of ownership are also noted.
The years covered in this book start with the earliest tramway - the Froghall Tramway in Staffordshire - and continue through the first faltering steps towards full steam operation, to the years of the railway mania when - seemingly - every town had to have its own line. This fascinating growth of track is further illustrated by a series of maps for England, Wales and Scotland which presents graphically the explosion of the railway on to the British landscape.
This book will be a prerequisite for the historian and will provide a mine of information and instruction.
Hardback with dust jacket, 120 pages, black & white illustrations, maps
Condition: Very Good with some sunfading to spine
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