Fire and Steam: A New History of the Railways in Britain

Fire and Steam: A New History of the Railways in Britain


By (author) Christian Wolmar

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 30mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843546302
  • ISBN 13: 9781843546306
  • Illustrations note: 2x 8 & 1x 4 pages of colour plates
  • Sales rank: 95,341

Product description

The 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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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.

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"'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"