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    DescriptionThe opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways' vital role in changing the face of Britain. "Fire and Steam" celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a countrywide network to emerge.From the early days of steam to electrification, via the railways' magnificent contribution in two world wars, the chequered history of British Rail, and the buoyant future of the train, "Fire and Steam" examines the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.

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    Fire and Steam
    A New History of the Railways in Britain
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christian Wolmar
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9781843546306
    ISBN 10: 1843546302

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DB
    BIC subject category V2: WGF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T12.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC E4L: TRA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    BIC subject category V2: HBTK
    BISAC V2.8: TRA004010
    DC22: 385.0941
    Ingram Subject Code: SL
    Libri: I-SL
    B&T General Subject: 790
    LC classification: HE
    Abridged Dewey: 385
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24350
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 3JH, 1DB
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    Illustrations note
    2x 8 & 1x 4 pages of colour plates
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    Publication date
    01 May 2008
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    Author Information
    Christian Wolmar is a writer and broadcaster. He writes regularly for the Independent and Evening Standard, and appears frequently on TV and radio. His previous books include the widely acclaimed The Subterranean Railway, a history of the London underground and On the Wrong Line, an account of rail privatization.
    Review quote
    "'Christian Wolmar brings the era of railway mania alive: both the imagination and the daring that made it possible.' David Dimbleby * A marvellously informative, entertaining and rightly partisan book... that has given me more pleasure than any I can remember in quite a while. - Rod Liddle, Sunday Times * [Fire and Steam is] expertly explored and explicated, Wolmar never forgets the human dimension... A beautifully written, detailed (but never anoraky) history of two centuries of life on the iron road. - Judith Flanders, Daily Telegraph * Fire and Steam tells a rollicking tale. - Michael Binyon, The Times * A sure-footed guide to the oft-told tale of British railway history. The author has an unerring eye for relevant detail. His scholarship is everywhere evident... There are innumerable anecdotes and lashings of informative asides... Excellent. - Frank McLynn, Independent * A wonderful account of how our railways came to be. - Jon Snow"