A Century of Railway Travel

A Century of Railway Travel

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From the Edwardian golden age of steam to the present, the railway has captured the hearts and imaginations of the British people like no other mode of travel. In wartime and peace, along major routes and minor, steam, diesel and electric trains have carried commuters to work, families to holiday destinations and provided the means to myriad other adventures - the train a constant presence in an ever-changing way of life. A Century of Railway Travel presents one hundred years of the British passenger's story, using striking full-page imagery with commentary from bestselling author Paul Atterbury. From the open platforms of provincial stations before the First World War to the modern throngs at Waterloo on Derby Day, and from compartments that separated rich from poor and male from female, to the rise to dominance of modern standard class, this book depicts the rich tapestry of progress and heritage that has been the last century of British train travel. The coloured card ticket in your hand, the rough feel of the upholstered seats, and the call of the whistle, the scenery begins to move across the carriage windows of one of Britain's great steam-trains: with full-page illustrations and text alive with insight and nostalgia, this is a passenger's history of train travel in the last century.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 142 x 146 x 20mm | 260g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 40 b/w; 20 col
  • 0747813736
  • 9780747813736
  • 432,964

Table of contents


Festiniog Railway c. 1910; A Couple at the Window c. 1912; Fashionable Folkestone c. 1912; Platform Scene 1912; Railway Women 1917;

Bude Station 1923; Blackpool North 1925; Clearing Snow circa 1925; Crossing the Forth Bridge c. 1925; Holiday Crowds, Liverpool Street 1925; Platform No. 1, Paddington Station 1927; Lady Traveller 1929

Inside the Carriage c. 1932; Promoting Holidays by Train c. 1932; Aberdeen, the Silver City by the Sea 1935; An Excursion to the Biscuit Factory c. 1936; The Last Pasenger 1936; Young Enthusiasts and Silver Fox 1937; The Age of Steam 1938

Waiting for the Evacuation Train 1940; London St. Pancras Station after a Bombing Raid c. 1942; Sleeping Car Compartment 1946; Station Advertising 1946; Tavern Car 1949

Classic Steam Scene, Shawford 1954; Waiting for the Train at Horncastle c. 1954; Weymouth, the Harbour Tramway c. 1955; Classic Steam Scene, Twerton 1956; British Railways Carriage Interior 1958; The End of the Line, Lauder 1958; Observation Car, Fort William 1958; Diesel Multiple Unit, Birmingham 1959

Classic Steam and Diesel Scene 1961; New Station at Barking 1961; Ticket Office, Southend Victoria Station 1961; Going to Work, 09.15 c. 1963; The Golden Arrow, London Victoria Station 1963; Langston Station, Hayling Island Branch c. 1963; Classic Diesel Scene, Approaching Bristol Temple Meads 1964

Filey Holiday Camp Station 1973; Trainspotting, Doncaster c. 1975; Going to Work, Kirkby Station 1978

HST (High Speed Train), Selby 1980; Georgemas Junction 1987

Class 90 Electric Locomotive with InterCity train c. 1990

London Waterloo Station, Derby Day 2010; Station Scene, Norwich 2011; Eurostars at London St. Pancras 2011

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About Paul Atterbury

Paul Atterbury is the author of numerous books on railway topics including Branch Line Britain and Along Lost Lines and has appeared regularly as an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.
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