History of the World in 500 Railway Journeys
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History of the World in 500 Railway Journeys

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History is everywhere, and is never as complete as when it can be accessed on a part of history itself. The locomotive is one of the great steps in progress of civilisation that undoubtably connects us to land and history that was shaped by the machine itself. Although a basic form of railway, or rutway, did exist in Ancient Greek and Roman times - notably the ship trackway between Diolkos and the Isthmus of Corinth around 600 BC - it would take several thousand years before the first fare-paying passenger service was launched in the early nineteenth century. Some two hundred years on, it is possible to travel by train to some of the world's most remote and remarkable destinations, and track the many wonderful legacies of the Earth's extensive history - man-made and otherwise. From prehistoric rock formations to skyscraper cities, slow steam engines to high-speed bullet trains, let A History of the World in 500 Railway Journeys be your guide. Through its beautifully illustrated pages, and 500 awe-inspiring railway journeys, you can chart your own transcontinental itinerary through time. Chug through canyons, steam past ancient monuments, speed through cities, luxuriate in the railcars of presidents and queens, or make express connections between key historical moments or epic eras, A History of the World in 500 Railway Journeys has it all. A must-read for travellers, railfans and history buffs alike, offering inspiration and information in equal measure.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 170 x 227 x 32mm | 1,178g
  • AURUM PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 250
  • 1781316783
  • 9781781316788
  • 13,595

About Sarah Baxter

Sarah Baxter is a respected British writer with extensive media contacts. Since 2002 she has worked at Wanderlust magazine, the bible for independent-minded travellers, where she is now Associate Editor. She has written extensively on walking and travel for Wanderlust and a diverse range of other publications, from the Guardian, the Telegraph, and the Independent, and has contributed to more than a dozen Lonely Planet books.show more

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"Buy this book! And don't just buy it, but read it too. You will be in for a truly amazing journey" -- Vitali Vitaliev * E&T magazine * "a detailed and highly entertaining account" "with this book you can travel to some of the world's most remote, remarkable, exotic, and enlightening destinations" "a fascinating historical book" -- Les Scott * BBC Radio Stoke *show more