The Railway King

The Railway King : A Biography of George Hudson, Railway Pioneer and Fraudster

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George Hudson - the eponymous "Railway King" - started his career with a stroke of luck, inheriting #27,000 (a fortune in 1827) from a distant relative. He invested succesfully in the North Midland Railway, then formed his own Midland Railway, raising #5 million and bribing MP's along the way. But from his glory in 1845 he fell into disgrace, admitting corruption and selling land he did not own. He was eventually imprisoned in York Castle and died a broken man in 1871. His story provides an insight into 19th century politics and industrial progress, full of moral dilemmas and a testimony to the growth of the railways in Britain - a timely subject.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 141 x 223mm
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • maps, 8 b&w photos
  • 0747232350
  • 9780747232353

About Robert Beaumont

Robert Beaumont embarked on a career as a journalist while at Oxford University and continued for twenty years at the Yorkshire Evening Press where he was named Feature Writer of the Year four times in the Yorkshire Newspaper Society Awards. He lives near York with his wife and two children.
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