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    The Times Mapping the Railways: The Journey of Britain's Railways Through Maps from 1819 to the Present Day (Hardback) By (author) Julian Holland, By (author) David Spaven

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    DescriptionFollow the development, decline and revival of Britain's railways through a unique collection of old and new maps, commentaries and photographs. The story is traced from early 'waggonways' through the steam era to today's diesel and electric railways. Railways appear in almost every type of topographical map available throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Detailed parliamentary plans were drawn up for many hundreds of proposed railway schemes (plenty of which never got past the drawing board). Once built, the Ordnance Survey then plotted the lines onto their map sheets and cartographers, such as John Barthomolew & Son, Cruchley and Bradshaw, were commissioned to draw vast numbers of railway maps during the boom years. Maps were produced as an aid to the management of the railways, to promote the railway companies' networks, and to enable passengers to plan their journeys and understand the passing scene as they gazed from the carriage window. Twenty-four 'mileposts' describe the history of the railways. Alongside the maps are a series of 'milepost' features which give a detailed description of key events, eras and personalities in the history of Britain's railways. The nineteenth century saw the foundations laid for our modern railway network, with huge building projects constructing thousands of miles of track, bridges, and tunnels. This expansion slowed in the early twentieth century as competition from the car and the lorry began to bite. The railways made an enormous contribution to the World Wars, then underwent massive re-equipment after nationalization, before changing drastically following the infamous 'Beeching Report' of 1963. The modern era has seen an expansion of the network again, with the building of the Channel Tunnel and the re-opening of a significant number of lines closed under the 'Beeching axe', many as heritage railways.

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    The Times Mapping the Railways
    The Journey of Britain's Railways Through Maps from 1819 to the Present Day
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Julian Holland, By (author) David Spaven
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 212 mm
    Height: 278 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 1,438 g
    ISBN 13: 9780007435999
    ISBN 10: 0007435991

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    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: REF002000, TRA004010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14350
    BIC subject category V2: HBTP1
    Ingram Subject Code: SL
    Libri: I-SL
    B&T General Subject: 790
    LC classification: HE
    Abridged Dewey: 385
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK
    DC22: 385.09
    DC23: 385.0941
    Thema V1.0: NH, WGF
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    01 November 2011
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    Author Information
    Julian Holland Specialist railway author, photographer and enthusiast, whose recent titles include The Lost Joy of Railways, The Lost Lines of Britain, Steaming Across Britain and three volumes of Amazing & Extraordinary Railway Facts. David Spaven Rail consultant by profession, a geographer by background, and a railway enthusiast since childhood. Currently writing Waverley Route: The Life, Death & Re-Birth of the Borders Railway.
    Review quote
    'Marvellous array of maps from all periods of railway history' Modern Locomotives Illustrated 'Will appeal not only to geographers and cartographers but to general rail enthusiasts too.' The Railway Magazine 'Sumptuous production that one could pore over for hours and still find much of interest.' Today's Railway "This is one of the books of the year and is riveting reading." Rail Express "This beautifully illustrated book is a must for anyone interested in British railways" Good Book Guide