100 Years of Railways Book (HB860)
100 Years of Railways Book
A visual history of Great Britains railway network. Contains around 300 photographs from PA Photos huge archives, spanning the whole of the 20th Century. Hand-picked by PA Photos own archivists, many of these images have lain unseen since they were used as news pictures when first taken. Many images have been scanned especially for this book, many from glass plates, ensuring the best possible quality of reproduction. The railway system in Britain is the oldest in the world, beginning in 1825 with the first locomotive hauled public railway, and culminating in a network of more than 10,000 miles of track by 2000 and a high-speed rail link to continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. This book traces rail transport from the cramped carriages hauled by dirty steam locomotives to streamlined air-conditioned trains. It charts the growth of private local lines, their amalgamation, the introduction of diesel and electric rolling stock, competition from road transport and the closure of branch lines and freight depots in the 1960s, through nationalization, privatization and the remedial work to restore the railways as efficient, cost effective transport for the 21st century.