Kent's Railways in the Age of Steam
The railways arrived in Kent because of the need to link London with the Channel Ports, the first part of the long journey to the far corners of the British Empire. But they changed the county as well, not only physically, but economically and socially. They gave impoverished farm labourers the opportunity to seek work elsewhere. allowed the rapid movement of perishable farm produce to the capital and provinces, and became a significant employer, providing a wide spectrum of jobs with regular salaries.
Some notable world firsts were achieved in the county, including the first steam locomotive intended to regularly carry passengers and the building of the first commuter railway. The entire 3 3/4 mile line between London and Greenwich was laid on a brick viaduct. Gentlemen could stable their horses beneath the viaduct and continue to their city job by train. 'Park and Ride' and the phenomenon of suburbia had been born!
The new, fast and affordable transport also allowed Londoners to experience the delights of the seaside on day trips and holidays. Hotels and businesses catering to the new tourist trade quickly sprang up at coastal resorts such as Margate. Herne Bay and Ramsgate.
From London to Dover, from Queen Victoria to the 'first Great Train Robber', from gold and silver to hops and coal, from the 'Golden Arrow' to the trucks carrying horse manure from London's streets to enrich the county's crops. this book looks at the age of steam and its legacy.
Softback, 128 pages, black & white photographs
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