The Great Western Railway - A Celebration
Isambard Kingdom Brunel called the Great Western Railway 'the finest work in England', and 175 years after the company's formation there are still many who would agree with that description. The Great Western Railway - A Celebration aims to distil the essence of the most famous railway in the world - its history and development, lines and stations, locomotives and rolling stock and, above all, its people. Quite apart from the flamboyant characters like Brunel and Churchward, who blazed a trail across the railway world and turned bold schemes into reality, it was the thousands of unidentified employees who helped operate the Great Western network and keep its trains running.
As well providing as a chronological history of the railway, this book highlights key pans of the railway's operation, including its civil engineering, locomotive design and wartime activities, AS well as a survey of its activities at Swindon, where so many of its most famous locomotives were built. The portrait is completed by a review of the many other activities undertaken by the company in its long history - its hotels, its refreshment rooms and its air, omnibus, lorry and shipping services. Exclusively illustrated with evocative photographs from the collection of the STEAM Museum in Swindon, the book is a fitting commemoration of 'God's Wonderful Railway' - an operation that, 175 years after its inception, continues to inspire enormous admiration and enthusiasm.
Hardback with dust jacket, 160 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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